?The picture is Hartleyvale Olympic Hockey Stadium. The 'Cape Doctor' was here today - a strong east wind that clears away the smog from the Cape Flats, but also brings showers. We played past champions Germany - strong competitors and they have a skillful and physical approach to the game. This of course didn't suit me (the skill part)!
Anyway, we had re-shaped the team structure and the Germans found a weakness on our left side right away. We lost a very early field goal (within 2 minutes), then played very well - a lot of time in their 22 - and lost a late short corner goal to leave the result at 2-0 down. Although heads were down for part of the first half, we stuck to the plan and finished in a much more positive frame of mind. Now we only have to deal with the world champions, the English.