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Glutz gets three for SA

South Africa have opened their African Youth Olympic Qualifier hockey tournament in emphatic fashion in East London.

The national under-17 boys side thrashed Namibia 6-1 on the first day of the tournament.

South Africa opened the scoring through Chad Cairncross, following a sixth minute melee and the team never looked back.

Local boy Ignatius Malgraff netted the second five minutes later and the local side went into the break 5-0 to the good, following goals from Grant Glutz (two) and Louis Mbuyu.

Despite constant pressure in the second half South Africa failed to finish off their innumerable chances with Glutz’s third goal sealing his hat-trick in the 12th minute. That was the only goal for SA in the second half.

Namibia at least had a consolation goal in the dying seconds through Anatie Hans.

In other matches Ghana breezed past Kenya 4-0 while a slick Egyptian side lived up to their pre-tournament billing as they accounted for Zimbabwe 5-1.

In the girls’ group clash between Kenya and Zimbabwe a solitary goal from Roxanne Viviers was enough to see Zimbabwe through.

There was better news for the Namibian girls side with Michelle Van Zyl’s field goal proving the difference against Ghana.

The South African boys side next play Namibia while the girls come up against Zimbabwe.