Gold and silver for SA Indoor hockey in Malaysia

The women’s team won the Tuanku Zara Cup and the men finished runners up in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Cup, capping an impressive outing for SA Indoor Hockey in... Read more
Gold and silver for SA Indoor hockey in Malaysia

The women’s team won the Tuanku Zara Cup and the men finished runners up in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Cup, capping an impressive outing for SA Indoor Hockey in Malaysia.

The South African Indoor Hockey Women beat Switzerland in a shootout in the final of the Tuanku Zara Cup, while the men suffered a narrow shootout loss to Namibia in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Cup.

In the women’s clash, an exciting first quarter finished scoreless, before Switzerland broke the deadlock through Ruby Zimmerman’s strike to secure a 1-0 lead at half time.

Switzerland valiantly held onto their slender lead deep into the fourth quarter, but it was Kayla de Waal who stepped up when her team needed her most, levelling the score with three minutes on the clock to take the match into shootouts.

The first save belonged to South Africa, but in the final round, Malikah Hamza’s inability to convert led to a sudden-death shootout. Switzerland managed to score, but De Waal matched it with one of her own.

Charlize Swanepoel’s outstanding save paved the way for Tegan Fourie, who successfully sealed the title for South Africa.

South Africa beat Namibia during a group stage match, but it was a different story when the men’s sides locked horns in the final.

Namibia, with a spring in their step after beating Australia on Friday, snatched the lead through Fagan Hansen in the opening 10, despite South Africa dominating possession.

South Africa were in all sorts of trouble when Brynn Cleak doubled Namibia’s lead to make it 2-0 at half time, but the comeback was on when Keegan Hezlett pulled one back after the break.

A superb fourth-quarter goal from captain Jethro Eustice, playing his 50th indoor cap, levelled the score with shootouts looming,

All three of Namibia’s shots found the mark, but Keegan Hezlett’s attempt went just over, confirming Namibia’s title victory.

 

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