Namibia Shocks South Africa

Underdogs Namibia put in an inspired performance to beat the South Africa women’s indoor hockey team 3-2 after trailing 2-0 at half-time at UKZN Westvile Thursday night and booked a place in the Spar Four Nations final.  It’s going to be action replay time 11:30 Friday and if it’s anything like what
the fans enjoyed in this clash, the gold medal match is set to be a classic.  Dunelle Van Taak scored a wonder goal with remarkable poise to win the match with 11 minutes left on the clock.

Two minutes earlier, Namibia equalised against the run of play through the alert Ina Louis to make the score 2-2.  Namibia’s outstanding Marcia Venter enjoyed the game of her life, saving her country on
their goalline more than once before weaving her way down the right sideboard to win a penalty corner, which she drilled into the net for her team’s first goal.  I
n the first half, SA took the lead through Jess Glass after Megan Robertson made the space, before SA captain Celia Evans fed off Amy Greaves to put the girls in green and gold 2-0 up with a classy strike in the 14th minute.

SA, with two wins from two outings, had already booked their place in the final.  Earlier, the USA and Australia drew 3-3 and the teams will meet again Friday in the 09:15 bronze medal match.  The PSI Nationals Under-18 age-group finals for boys and girls also take place at UKZN Westville Friday.

Photo credit: LB Photography