Kenya, Ghana and South Africa continued their excellent starts to the women’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015, with each collecting victories on Monday 26 October at the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualification event currently taking place in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kenya (FIH World Ranking: 37) and Ghana (World Ranking: 31) both made it three wins from three with victories over Tanzania (World Ranking: 46) and Zimbabwe (World Ranking: 55) respectively to remain at the top of the round-robin pool table with a maximum nine points, while South Africa (World Ranking: 11) claimed their second win in two games by defeating Namibia.
Ghana and Zimbabwe were the first teams in action on Match Day 3, with the Ghanaians cruising to a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Impressive defending from Zimbabwe kept Ghana at bay for 27 minutes before two goals in quick succession from Joanita Korwu and Martha Safoa established a 2-0 lead at the break.
Elizabeth Opoku and Rachael Bamfo netted goals in the third and fourth quarters to maintain Ghana’s 100% winning start to the competition.
A 5-0 win over Tanzania was enough to put Kenya at the top of the table, moving ahead of Ghana thanks to a superior goal difference.
The Kenyans made a lively start to a match they controlled throughout, scoring goals in the fifth and eighth minutes through Betsy Ommala and Yvonne Karanja before Anne Jumma made it 3-0 early in the second quarter.
The match scoring was completed in the third quarter, with Audrey Omaido and Caroline Gucho netting penalty corners to send the Kenyans top of the pool.
In the final match of the day, unranked Namibia produced an incredible defensive performance to holding world number 11 South Africa to a 5-0 scoreline.
Namibia keeper Petro Stoffberg was quite brilliant as she withstood a barrage of assaults on her goal-line while ably assisted by her brave defenders.
South Africa’s Nicole Walveren gave her team a 1-0 lead at half time and claimed her second in between third quarter strikes from Lilian du Plessis and Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, with the latter also adding a fifth goal in the final quarter.
The round-robin action continues on Tuesday 27 October when Ghana take on Tanzania, Namibia face Nigeria and South Africa play Zimbabwe.
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Ghana 4, Zimbabwe 0; Kenya 5, Tanzania 0; South Africa 5, Namibia 0.
Photo: Ghana Hockey Association