The UCT Hockey ground in Cape Town will play host to four matches between the South African women’s hockey team and a Chinese women’s side that features Giles Bonnet as the assistant coach.
The matches will be played on 10, 11 and 13 March (14:30) and on the 14th March at 12:00. It is probably the last time Western Cape fans will be able to see the team in action before the Olympic Games begin in July this year.
China has seen its Pro League games against Belgium and Australia postponed, with other games likely to follow, so are looking for every opportunity to get some game time together. For the South Africans, it’s an opportunity to build on the work done during the Summer Series earlier this year.
China is currently ranked 10th in the World rankings, hot on the heels of India in the 9th. The South Africans are currently ranked 16th.
South Africa secured their spot at the Tokyo Olympics when they won the African Hockey Road to Tokyo event in Stellenbosch, while China came through a nerve-wracking penalty shootout after a 2-2 aggregate score in their Olympic Qualifying playoff match against Belgium.
The matches however, will not have official test status and as such no ranking points.