Host nation South Africa made an impressive start on the opening day of the men’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015 on Friday.
The home side were in sparkling form in the opening quarter of a comprehensive Pool A victory over Zimbabwe, with Matthew Guise-Brown, Jean-Pierre de Voux and Richard Pautz all registering as South Africa went ahead 3-0 inside the opening five minutes before forward Lloyd Norris-Jones made the score 4-0 with a 10th minute field goal.
The second quarter was even more impressive as penalty corner expert Guise-Brown netted a further three times with additional strikes coming from Norris-Jones and Brandon Panther to make the score 9-0 by half time.
De Voux took the score into double figures moments after the break before Guise-Brown netted his fifth ahead of a fourth period that saw the six times African champions slam home a further five goals.
Panther pounced to claimed his second of the game before Ignatius Malgraff bagged a quick-fire double. Norris-Jones completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute with Daniel Sibbald’s 58th minute strike taking the final score at 16-0.
The day’s earlier Pool A match between Namibia and Botswana was forfeited due to the late arrival of the Botswana team, with Namibia being handed a 5-0 win.
The competition continues on Saturday (24th Oct) with Ghana facing Namibia while South Africa take on Botswana.
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Pool A: Zimbabwe 0, South Africa 16; Namibia 5, Botswana 0 (Botswana forfeited).
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