Bronze Medal Match:
SOUTH AFRICA 2-6 (HT: 1-2) GERMANY
South Africa Goalscorer: Dirkie Chamberlain 11 (F), Pietie Coetzee 67 (F)
Germany Goalscorer: Natascha Keller 9 (PC), Kristina Hillman 18 (F), Julia Muller 40 (PC), Janine Beermann 47,58 (F,F), Katharina Otte 62 (F)
The Investec London Cup bronze medal match saw an eight goal thriller as South Africa took on Germany. Earlier in the week Germany had edged past the world number seven side 1-0 however it was not as tight on Sunday as they netted six goals against South Africa to take the bronze medal.
An even first half saw Germany take the lead through the irrepressible Natascha Keller with a ninth minute penalty corner but South Africa’s Dirkie Chamberlain levelled two minutes later to a huge cheer from the crowd.
Midway through the half Germany retook the lead through Kristina Hillman and that is how it stayed until five minutes into the second period when the tide turned in the Germans’ favour. Julia Muller’s penalty corner made it 3-1 before Janine Beermann, a scorer against Great Britain on Thursday, made it 4-1. Beermann doubled her tally with 12 minutes remaining before Katharina Otte struck Germany’s sixth eight minutes from time.
Pietie Coetzee still found time to net a consolation goal, her 241st international goal, but the match was long gone, Germany running out 6-2 winners.
Speaking after the game Germany’s head coach Michael Behrmann said, “I’m really proud and happy in a decisive match. We were effective with our scoring today.”
South Africa’s assistant coach Fabian Gregory said, “The team was exceptional for us. We performed for three and a half games and were unlucky to be 2-1 down at half time, but if you look at the stats we had more goal shots, the game was open and they were really feeding off our mistakes. Two things we can learn from Germany is how to be sound in defence and be clinical in front of goal.”
Speaking after the game South Africa captain and Player of the Tournament Marsha Marescia added, “There is definitely more work to be done. We leave this tournament with extra motivation because of good performances and growth we’ve made. I think 6-2 is not a true reflection of the game, which is something we can take to the Olympics. Our overall performance here today has added more value than damage.”
Great Britain Hockey Press Release