Series of SA seals with a thin first half

HAVING served as an entertainment tray in the previous three games, there was an eager excitement to see what African neighbors South Africa and Namibia would offer as the final course of the thrilling African floor hockey series.

South African coach Justin Rosenberg asked his team to start faster and focus in games and he got exactly that as the hosts have produced their best first half performance of the series so far. .

It only took the South Africans 4 minutes to open the scoring with Mustapha Cassiem with a plunging shot from the right of the circle. Although the South Africans were forced to work hard for the first game, the second came soon after.

Justin Domleo initially reacted to a good save from DJ Strauss and the seasoned activist sent home.

The visitors gave themselves a first impression in the first quarter when dynamic teenager JP Britz struck out 1 goal from a penalty corner with 20 seconds left in the opening rally. Having started the game so brilliantly, the South Africans would have been frustrated to have led by just one goal, but they made sure there was no disappointment in the second quarter.

Mustapha Cassiem made it 3-1 thanks to a quick reaction in a variation of the penalty wedge before his brother Dayaan Cassiem made it 4-1 with a characteristic reverse shot from the top of the circle. Despite the withdrawal from Namibia by Brynn Cleak, South Africa extended the lead with Marvin Simons producing a skillful finish after incredible work from Aiden Tun. At halftime, South Africa led 5-2 and were happy with their best first half of the series.

The third quarter, however, saw Namibia embody the spirit they have aligned in their values ​​and fought with a breathtaking period of hockey to bring the level back. Dakota Hansen started the revival by scoring after a wonderful referee from Ayden Shrives allowed the advantage.

Then, it was JP Brits who scored his second and third goals to restore parity. The third was a pure quality moment for the teenager, who will travel to the PSi U18 national championships on Monday. Namibia had all the momentum and were looking to capitalize by getting the go-ahead, but the African champions showed why they are exactly that.

Having failed to convert their corner kick opportunities, the South Africans were able to count on Mustapha Cassiem who scored his third of the game and his 9th in the series, to finish the series as the top scorer.

Remarkably, for the first time in the series, there was a scoreless final quarter and both teams were content with a one-goal deficit.

Results of the African indoor hockey test series

1st test – SA 3-3 Namibia

2nd Test – SA 7-4 Namibia

3rd Test – SA 3-3 Namibia

4th Test – SA 6-5 Namibia

SA wins the series 2-0. – sahockey.co.za

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