A 1-0 loss to Germany couldn’t stop our Investec women’s’ hockey side from sealing their spot in the semi-finals of the Investec Cup tournament in London on Wednesday night.
The 12th ranked side went down 1-0 to Germany but their win over Great Britain on Tuesday night was enough to earn them a place in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Third ranked Germany had Eileen Hoffman’s 30th minute deflection goal to thank for victory.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Great Britain now need to beat Germany by two clear goals in Thursday’s 9pm (SA time) final pool match. If they do that, then Germany are out. Great Britain’s other option is to win by one goal after scoring four or more goals although a seven-goal scoreline between Germany and GB is unlikely.
The SA defence were outstanding while the forwards, with Sulette Damons having a great second half, were playing at pace and with determination up front and deserved at least one goal, particularly after the changeover.
Kate Woods, Dirkie Chamberlain, Marsha Marescia and Pietie Coetzee deserved more but German keeper Kristina Reynolds played a blinder. Germany also had their chances in what was a very even match.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿In the earlier match Australia beat Ireland 4-1. Thursday’s other pool fixture in this six-nation event sees Ireland face Holland at 6.30pm SA time.
Saturday’s semi-finals feature the top two teams in each pool with the winners going through to Sunday’s final and the losers tackling each other in the bronze medal match. The teams that end third in their pool will play off for fifth and sixth places on Sunday.