ROSARIO, ARGENTINA: England and Argentina secured semi-final berths from Pool B at the women’s field hockey World Cup. England defeated South Africa 2-1, while Argentina defeated China 2-0 and Spain knocked South Korea out of semi-final contention with a 2-2 draw.
Helen Richardson’s double made England look comfortable after she cracked in a loose ball in the first half and tipped in at the right post. That was until Pietie Cortzee brought the crowd to their feet with a sizzling penalty corner flick inside the left post and the large Argentina crowd applauded every move of South Africa in the last 15 minutes.
Cortzee had a last minute penalty corner, but her hit from the right was saved by England goal-keeper Beth Storry.
England coach Danny Kerry was pleased with the quality of England’s defence as South Africa’s Giles Bonnet insisted that his team played below their potential.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2010.
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