After two days of group stages at the Indoor Africa Cup at Thomas More College in Kwazulu Natal, the tournament bid farewell to Botswana while the defending champions Namibia and the hosts South Africa looking towards a repeat of the 2017 Final.
Its South Africa who go into the final as the favourites having topped the group stages with a perfect four from four. The hosts have now not lost in the 7 tests they have played Namibia since the 2017 Indoor African Cup and will be desperate to make it 8 in a row on Sunday to seal their spot at the Belgian showpiece. With both teams having beat Botswana in the morning, Spar South Africa sealed the undefeated group stage in the evening game against the defending champions.
Although it was not without a good test from the Namibians, in truth the South Africans were always likely to confirm the win once they went ahead from Cindy Hack in the first chukka. Namibia had their chances and will be disappointed with a 0/5 return from the penalty corners, but the South Africans will be pleased with their defensive display.
The game quickly became settled in favour of South Africa when they were awarded two penalty strokes in quick succession. The first was for a poor foul by Petro Stoffberg while the second struck Gillian Hermanus on the line. Both were expertly finish by Tegan Fourie to give the hosts a comfortable lead.
That lead built from comfortable to unassailable when Celia Seerane, the star of the show for South Africa, was part of a superb team goal that could fairly be described as a typical Lennie Botha dream goal. Quick passing, moving and a simple finish.
South African Head Coach Lennie Botha was satisfied with his team and their efforts so far:
“Job done in terms of the group stage, but the job only is starting now for the tournament. We have prepared well and I am very excited by that. We have been working very hard on the defensive side of the game and the counter attacking, we have done that very well in this tournament.
Obviously none of our programme would be possible without SPAR and their fantastic support. Thank you very much“
Namibian head coach Erwin Handura was looking forward to the final
“We prepared for the final, not for the first two days. We did not take our chances today and if you don’t your chances you get punished at this level. We will see what happens tomorrow, may the best team win. If its meant for us it will be!“
Earlier in the day Botswana ended their tournament with two more defeats, however Tshepiso Jacob enhanced her name with a series of fine saves both against South Africa and Namibia.
All eyes will now be on the iKhwezi Sports Centre at Thomas More on Sunday as the final will not only decide the champions of Africa but also the qualifier for the Indoor Hockey World Cup. The Queens of African Indoor Hockey will be crowned and you can watch it live on Watch Hockey or on Rayder Media YouTube.
Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Results Day 2 – Women
South Africa 18-0 Botswana
Namibia 20-0 Botswana
South Africa 4-0 Namibia
Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Fixture – Final
14:00 South Africa vs. Namibia
There is no doubt that a bit of alliteration makes a superb start to an article. There is also no doubt that a scintillating SPAR South Africa makes a superb start to any series. That is exactly what was presented to the fans at St. Johns in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday night.
Zimbabwe knew they would be up against it after the superb European tour from SPAR South Africa earlier this year, but they would have been buoyed by their performance when the two last met in Harare last year.
And well it may be four months since that historic tour, the ladies took to the court like they had never been off it. Attacking with regularity the hosts were serving up a sensational feast for the crowd and made it 3-0 by half-time. Tegan Fourie and Celia Evans returned from National Outdoor duty and got themselves on the scoresheet either side of Cindy Hack scoring her first.
The skipper would add two more in the second half to complete her hat-trick, while Tegan Fourie got her second and a late strike from Robyn Johnson added gloss to the score line. Celia Evans, playing indoor hockey a year after a massive knee injury, was particularly impressive but in truth that can be said about every one of the SPAR South African players.
Alex Kavanagh, Kara Botes and Jess O’Connor were steadfast at the back denying any opportunities that fell to the Zimbabweans while Jamie Southgate continues to raise the bar every time she gets on the court for South Africa.
The series moves to Durban tomorrow with Zimbabwe playing Botswana in the early test match between they meet the hosts again later in the night. The SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe game will be streamed live on the Sports 24 Seven Facebook page.