Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

RSA V GER ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

0 - 2

Match Review RSA - GER 0-2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GER 25 23 MÄVERS Marie FG 0 - 1
GER 44 16 RINNE Fanny PC 0 - 2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
RSA 3 15 COETZEE Pietie G
GER 22 7 KELLER Natascha G
GER 70 23 MÄVERS Marie Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ESKINA Elena
Umpire 2 KANG Hyun Young
Reserve Umpire de la FUENTE Carolina
Judge 1 MORROW Sheila
Judge 2 PETITJEAN Sylvie
Technical Officer ELLIS Janet

Germany earned their second win of the competition against a South African team that tried very hard, but could not convert the many chances they created.

Germany dominated the early stages of the match and had three penalty-corners in a row. Fanny Rinne hit the crossbar once but the other two attempts were well blocked by the South African runners. South Africa had a few counter-attacks, mostly through Marsha Marescia on the left, but could not penetrate dangerously in the German 25m.

Play became bogged down in midfield, with scarce circle action and little entertainment for the near capacity crowd. Shelley Russell and Sulette Damons combined well on the right wing to produce a golden opportunity for Jennifer Wilson arriving fast in the circle but she could not reach the crossed ball despite a spectacular dive. It was finally Marie Mävers who opened the scoring at the other end for Germany, deflecting from close range an excellent ball driven in the circle by Natascha Keller after a powerful run through the South African defenders.

With not much pace in the match, and unforced errors by both teams, the score did not evolve until half-time, reached with the lone goal for Germany.

South Africa were dangerous at the beginning of second period and Kathleen Taylor could have tied the game when she received the ball alone in front of Yvonne Frank but the German goalkeeper did well to prevent her to shoot. The Germans were on their heels, showing worrying defensive weaknesses, and Pietie Coetzee also had a good chance on goal. Germany somehow survived the storm and earned a penalty corner after a counter-attack. Fanny Rinne was able to run through the defenders and slam the ball in for the second German goal.

South Africa were however not down yet and shook dangerously the German defense a few more times with Jennifer Wilson at the conclusion of a swift counter-attack by Sulette Damons, then by Dirkie Chamberlain who stole a ball between two defenders but could not adjust a shot on target. South Africa also earned a penalty-corner, but Pietie Coetzee’s powerful flick was well handled by Yvonne Frank.

Germany managed to progressively turn the tide around and push the danger away from their circle. They controlled play in the final minutes of the match to earn in lacklustre manner their second win of the competition, leaving South Africa still pointless after three matches.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 16
  • Date Thu, 2 Aug 2012
  • Time 16:00
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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