Olympic champs too hot for SA
SOUTH Africa put up a brave fight against 2012 Olympic champions, the Netherlands, in the final of the women's hockey quadrangular which ended at Hartleyvale in Cape Town yesterday, but to no avail.
The Dutch won 4-2 after leading 2-0 at halftime, courtesy of goals by Roos Drost and Kitty van Male.
Lisa Deetlefs scored to reduce the Dutch lead but Maria Verschoor increased it again in the 55th minute.
Jade Mayne scored a second goal for South Africa after a break down the right by Celia Evans, whose pass to the Western Province striker was blasted home from inside the six-yard box (3-2).
Charlotte Vega scored the final Dutch goal with seven seconds left to play.
South Africa's leading goalscorer Pietie Coetzee was, for once, a rare absentee from the goal-scorers, although she had several shots brilliantly saved in the first half by Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek.
The leading goalscorer in the tournament was Dutchwoman Maartjie Paument, who netted 10 times .
England beat Australia 3-2 on penalties in the third-place play-off after full time ended with the teams locked at 2-2.