Fans at Randburg Hockey Stadium will be hoping the Investec SA women's hockey team follow the example of the national men's side when they take on Spain in the third of the five-Test Investec International Series at 7 pm tonight.
The SA men beat eight-time Olympic gold medallists India 3-1 in Delhi this afternoon after leading 2-0 at half-time, the goals coming from a Lloyd Madsen penalty stroke in the 21st minute, Ian Haley on the half-time whistle and his younger brother Craig in the 55th minute. Ace penalty corner drag-flicker Sandeep Singh netted for India in the 49th minute.
"It was a great performance and the first time the South African men's team have have beaten India since 2004," said delighted SA captain Austin Smith.
"We moved the ball exceptionally well and put India under a lot of pressure, closing down their space, while our basics were far better."
The five-Test series stands at 2-1 to India after they won the first and second Tests 4-0 and 2-1 respectively.
Captain Marsha Marescia's Investec SA women's team trail Spain 1-0 in the series after going down 3-2 in the second Test, the first having been drawn 1-1.
SA Hockey Association media release
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