The Proteas women’s hockey team produced their best performance yet at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, beating Wales 2-0 on Monday.
The side showed more composure and control in their passing which translated into pressure and goals against the Welsh.
South Africa had six penalty corners but could not turn any of them into points, though they managed to score two well-worked field goals.
The Proteas were awarded their first PC in the 12th minute which Welsh goalkeeper Roseanne Thomas kept out, with the sides going into the second chukka without any goals on the scoreboard.
South Africa found the breakthrough late in the second quarter courtesy of a lovely backhand deflection by Candice Manuel into the box in the 24th minute.
Quanita Bobbs went on to launch an attack from the left flank, passing to Celia Evans in the circle who pushed the ball across the face of the goal with Jade Mayne deflecting it into the back.
Proteas captain Nicolene Terblanche said although the victory kept their hopes of reaching the next round alive, they would have to make the step up in Tuesday’s match against India.
“The victory was important to keep us in the running for the semifinals but tomorrow’s match against India is just as important,” Terblanche said.
“We have to win it to make it into the semis. The spirits in the team are high and we are positive about what we are doing. The team did well today, and I believe all 18 pitched up today and we can do it again tomorrow.”
The Proteas had lost their opening match against England 2-0, which they expected would be a tough opponent, before playing to a 1-1 draw with Malaysia.
“We made it difficult on ourselves in our draw against Malaysia, but it happens in sport and what counts is that we make up for our mistakes,” Terblanche said.