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4-1 win for South Africa hockey women

29 July 2002

South Africa secured second spot in women’s pool 1 with a pulsating 4-1 victory over Scotland on Monday 29 July.


Johke Koornhof keeps hold of the ball

Three goals in four second-half minutes swung the game South Africa’s way after Scotland had taken the lead in the ninth minute through Rhona Simpson’s well-taken strike.

The attacking trio of Pietie Coetzee, Johke Koornof and Sophie Mayer overwhelmed Scotland after the break. It was Koornof who drew the scores level with a well worked penalty corner seven minutes after the restart.

Within a minute Coetzee had made it 2-1 after good work down the right by Mayer. Coetzee added a third two minutes later, scoring her 119th international goal in 122 appearances.

Jennifer Wilson made it four with a forceful run down the right and a finish from the tightest of angles.

After the match, South Africa’s captain, Lindsey Carlisle said: “I think we started off very well but I was disappointed when we went 1-0 down. It was a great result with 4-1 up. It was tough but I think we outran them.”

It was a brave performance from Scotland, in particular from goalkeeper and captain Tracey Robb, who pulled off a string of world-class saves to keep the score respectable.

A philosophical Robb said: “We’ve got a quote on our wall which says, there are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same and Scots notoriously take the hard route.”

“We were prepared to run and run, but you get to the point where you can’t run and think and the first to go was the thinking,” she added.

South Africa will play the third placed team from Pool 2, while Scotland will play the other group’s runners-up, in the qualification round for the semi-finals.

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