The fourth day of the FIH Series Finals in Valencia saw all the teams play their final match to mark an end of the pool stage of the tournament.
An impressive South Africa women‘s hockey team ended their third and final pool match by crushing Thailand (7-0).
Lilian du Plessis (3rd & 37th min) & Dirke Chamberlian (29th & 33rd min) scored a brace each while Marie Lisa Deetlefs (60th min), Quanita Bobbs (45th min) and Nomnikelo Veto (23rd min) too scored for South Africa.
With Italy defeating Wales in the later game, South Africa confirmed their spot at the top of Pool B and they will now progress directly to the Semi-Final stage.
South Africa are just one win away from securing their place in the final round of Tokyo Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year with two top spots up for grabs from here.
And achieving that goal shouldn’t be much of a problem for the South African women.
While the South African team do have the services of veteran players like Dirkie Chamberlain (231 caps), Marie Lisa Deetlefs (256 caps), it also features 5 players with less than 10 caps, the youngest being 19-year old Bianca Wood.
Speaking of her teams performance and the squad in a post match interview, Lilian du Plessis said she is happy to make it through to the semi-finals and is confident of putting up a fighting performance.
“We have chosen the best available combinations for the tournament. The current squad is mix of experienced and youth and have been selected on the basis of their current form and fitness. I am confident South Africa will put up a fighting performance in the semi-finals,” asserted the 124 cap holder.
South Africa will play their semifinal encounter on 26th June 2019.
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