The Spar Proteas indoor women’s hockey team concluded a successful European tour with a 2-2 series
The team continued their stunning campaign against some of the top-ranked teams in the world after their 3-1 series victory over Switzerland last weekend.
They finish their European tour with an impressive nine victories and three losses against two of the top indoor hockey nations in the world. Switzerland is ranked seventh and the Czech Republic fifth.
“I’m so proud of the team and what we have achieved,” said Proteas captain Cindy Hack.
“Wow, we hope everyone at home will be immensely proud too.”
The SA women finally made it to Prague from Switzerland following a 16-hour trip which included five different bus trips and two train rides due to an avalanche.
They opened the series against the Czech with a 3-1 defeat with Kelly Reed becoming the third South African to earn 50 indoor caps joining Hack and Jess O’Connor.
South Africa, ranked 16th in the world, managed to regroup to claim their biggest scalp yet with a 4-1 win.
The Czech women managed to reclaim their series lead with a 4-2 victory despite the South Africans enjoying the early advantage going 1-0 and 2-1 up before the half-time break.
The Proteas made the hosts pay with interest romping to a 7-0 victory to enforce the draw.
Tegan Fourie and Hack scored a brace apiece giving South Africa a commanding 4-0 lead going into the half-time break.
Goals by Edith Molikoe, Jess Lardant and Lilian du Plessis in the second half rubbed salt in the Czech Republic’s wounds.
“We attacked as a unit, defended as a unit and were absolutely clinical,” Hack said.
“We have had to learn to toughen up physically and every one of our team has stepped up.
“We have learnt so much, not only as individuals but as a team. We have also learnt to raise the bar and keep it there for sustained periods of time.”
The game also marked Amy Greaves’s 50th indoor hockey cap becoming the fourth player and the first player of colour to reach the milestone.