Proteas miss out on semi-final berth af­ter de­feat

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - South Africa lacked con­fi­dence, how­ever, at get­ting the early jit­ters out of the way and soak­ing up a press­ing Ger­man at­tack. Even so, they Africa did well to com­plete the first chukka with­out con­ced­ing. South African keeper Ni­cole la Fleur played a lead

WHILE the South African women’s hopes of reach­ing the Hockey World League Fi­nals were dashed fol­low­ing a 1-0 de­feat to Ger­many, they are still in for a shout to qual­ify for next year’s World Cup.

The Proteas will be ru­ing the lost op­por­tu­ni­ties they had to, not only to force the stale­mate, but to clinch a vic­tory to reach the semi-fi­nals.

With six penalty corners go­ing the way of South Africa and nine shots on goal, the home side had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to seal a vic­tory. op­por­tu­ni­ties.

They had their best chance in the 25th minute when Julia Ci­upka in goal man­aged to keep a re­verse stick shot from Jayde Mayne.

With a minute left in the half, Ger­many broke the dead­lock when Camille Nobis scored against the run of play af­ter a pe­riod of South African dom­i­nance.

South Africa had a golden op­por­tu­nity to equalise shortly af­ter the break when they were re­warded a penalty cor­ner but de­spite a two-onone Sulette Da­mons could not con­trol the ball with the keeper neu­tral­is­ing the threat.

In the 50th minute, Can­dice Manuel made another strong charge at goal when she re­ceived the ball from Ilse Davids but her flick over the keeper’s head went wide to deny her the goal.

The clos­ing stages of the match pro­vided for some high drama with Ger­many hit­ting the ball of the goal-box with two min­utes from time.

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