Davin the Hero As Namibia Stun SA

Namibia’s women scored a stunning 4-3 victory against South Africa on Saturday night to tie their Africa Indoor Hockey Cup series 1-1 and send it to a deciding third match, but South Africa’s men beat Namibia 7-1 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their series.

Annalien Davin was Namibia’s hero, scoring a hattrick, while Marcia Venter scored the other goal in Namibia’s win against South Africa.

After losing their opening Test 3-1 on Friday night, Namibia had to win the second Test to stay in contention for a place at the 2015 World Cup and they got off to a great start with two goals in the opening four minutes.

Marica Venter opened the scoring on 2m when she slammed home a cross by Maggie Mengo, and 2m later, Annalien Davin made it 2-0 after a quick counterattack by Andrea Grogli.

With the crowd going wild, Namibia continued to attack and Maggie Mengo nearly scored, only to be denied by a good save from Tarryn de Winnaar.

At the other end, South Africa won two short corners in quick succession, but Namibian keeper Maxi Smith brought off some inspired saves to keep them at bay.

Just before halftime Davin scored her second goal, when she was put clear by Carla Brits and slammed the ball high into the net.

South Africa made a determined comeback in the second half and opened their account 4m after the break through Eloise Walters.

With the game opening up there were chances at both ends with Smith continuing to make some fine saves, while Brits had a shot cleared off the line by Kara Lee Stella.

Shelley Freyer finally grabbed South Africa’s second goal to reduce the deficit to 3-2 and there was drama when South Africa were awarded two penalty flicks in short succession.

First Maxi Smith brought off a great save from Stella, but she could not keep Tracy Bestall’s shot out as South Africa equalised with four minutes to go.

But Namibia immediately struck back with Davin running onto a Venter cross to score the winning goal a minute later to send the home fans into raptures.

The third and final Test between the women’s sides will be played on Sunday morning, starting at 08h30.

Namibia’s men’s team suffered a comprehensive 7-1 defeat after trailing 3-0 at halftime.

Namibian keeper DJ Strauss was once again in fine form, making some great saves, but

Mathew Fairweather put SA ahead from a short corner after 7m, but Namibia did well to keep SA at bay for long periods, with goalie DJ Strauss once again making some great saves.

South Africa however struck just before halftime when Dale Isaac scored two goals in quick succession.

After the break, South Africa scored two more goals from short corners through Geoff Abbot and PG Geldenhuys, before Gavin Jelley made it 6-0 with a goal from open play.

Namibia finally opened their account when Devon Sprake scored from a short corner with 6m to go, but SA had the final say when Geldenhuys scored his second goal from a short corner with a minute to go.

With South Africa winning the first Test 10-4 on Friday night, they have now booked their place at the 2015 Indoor World Cup.

The two sides will play the third and final Test match on Sunday at 20h00.

Source : The Namibian