Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

RSA V NZL ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

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Match Review RSA - NZL 1-4


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NZL 2 28 HARRISON Charlotte PC 0 - 1
NZL 22 16 ESHUIS Clarissa PC 0 - 2
NZL 29 1 SHARLAND Kayla FG 0 - 3
RSA 52 15 COETZEE Pietie PS 1 - 3
NZL 61 1 SHARLAND Kayla FG 1 - 4


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NZL 69 21 FINLAYSON Cathryn G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 SOMA Chieko
Umpire 2 HASSICK Amy
Reserve Umpire MIAO Lin
Judge 1 PARKS Paula
Judge 2 PETITJEAN Sylvie
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Second match of the day was a southern hemisphere encounter between South Africa and New Zealand. New Zealand opened the 2012 Olympic competition with a precious win, stunning Australia (1-0), while South Africa suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of World Champion Argentina (1-7).

Before the match, South African Pietie Coetzee was honored for her 250th international Cap and Japanese umpire Chieko Soma received a Golden Whistle from FIH President Leandro Negre for officiating in her 100th international match.

New Zealand did not waste time to stake their claim on the game, forcing a penalty-corner on their first attack. It was perfectly executed, birthday girl Charlotte Harrison deflecting from close range the initial shot by Kayla Sharland. They then had four unsuccessful penalty-corner attempts before Clarissa Eshuis finally scored on the next one with a direct shot to widen the gap to two goals.

The Black Sticks (playing in white) had a good handle on the game and the South Africans were struggling to get out of their own half. On one of their lone incursions in New Zealand territory, Pietie Coetzee showed why she is a lethal goal hunter, nearly scoring from an innocuous chance created by a pass from Marsha Marescia. The next goal was however again for New Zealand, after a long video-referral to decide if Kayla Sharland’s shot was indeed within the shooting circle.

Second period started with a chance for Pietie Coetzee well handled by Bianca Russell in goal for New Zealand. South Africa pushed valiantly to create opportunities and were rewarded by a penalty-stroke when Jennifer Wilson was fouled in the circle. Pietie Coetzee scored to celebrate in style her 250th appearance in a South African jersey.

The Black Sticks weathered the storm and Kayla Sharland promptly re-established the 3-goal lead with a powerful reverse shot blasted from a narrow angle. They earned some mixed reaction from the crowd when they started to waste time in the final minutes despite their comfortable lead, but were happy to end the day with maximum points in Pool B standings.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 8
  • Date Tue, 31 Jul 2012
  • Time 10:45
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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