The South African women’s hockey team produced their best performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Tuesday but ultimately went down 1-0 to India.
The Proteas team went on to rue missed chances and a sluggish start to the tournament, after losing 2-0 to England before drawing 1-1 with Malaysia.
One could argue the results of their earlier matches could have been different, had they turned in the same composed performance as they did against India and Wales the last two days.
The SA women came into their own against Wales on Monday when they claimed a 2-0 victory to keep their hopes of reaching the semifinals alive.
They had it all to play for against India, however, and for the most part of the match they looked good for the victory but stumbled at the final hurdle.
That hurdle came early in the fourth chukka when Indian skipper Rani landed a goal which sparked a frantic fightback by the Proteas to no avail.
The team had hoped to improve on their fourth-place finish at Glasgow 2014 and will have to see whether they will feature in the fifth-sixth or seventh-eighth playoff matches.
Proteas captain Nicolene Terblanche was gutted after the side’s defeat but admitted they had only themselves to blame.
“It is very, very disappointing. We put ourselves in a difficult position. We need to use our chances when they come our way which we did not do,” Terblanche said.