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Wins for both SA teams

The South African success continued at the African Youth Olympic Qualifier hockey tournament in East London on Monday with both the boys and girls sides posting victories.

The boys followed up their 6-1 thrashing of Namibia with another good display, this time beating Zimbabwe 5-0.

The local girls had it a lot tougher, edging out Namibia 2-1.

In the boys’ fixture SA were off toa quick start with the in-form Grant Glutz netting after just five minutes as he bustled his way through the defence before beating Zimbabwe ‘keeper Shane Stone.

To their credit though, Zimbabwe fought back and refused to roll over. Shortly before the hooter though, local product Ignatius Malgraff, netted to make it 2-0 to the South Africans.

The home side got stronger after the break and found the net on three more occasions, Glutz getting a second, and Chad Cairncross and Curtis Samboer adding two more to make it 5-0. Glutz has now scored five goals in just two matches. In other boys matches Ghana beat Namibia 6-0 and Kenya went down 5-0 to Egypt.

South Africa’s next opponents are Ghana who they face on Tuesday.

In the girls match South Africa were on the backfoot from as early as the third minute when Tegan Rix netted for Namibia.

But the locals hit back hard and within nine minutes had made it all square when East London girls Tiffany Jones scored after good work down the left flank.

It wasn’t long before they took the lead, on this occasion Kirsty Gibbings making it 2-1. Namibia tried hard to get back into the game but the South Africans kept them out for the remainder of the match. In another girls clash, Ghana moved past Zimbabwe 2-0. South Africa now take on Kenya on Tuesday.