Pietie became the youngest player to be selected for the South African women’s hockey team at the age of 16 and since then has established herself as one of the best strikers in world hockey.
Born in Bloemfontein in 1978, she attended Oranje Meisieskool and then went on to complete a degree in psychology at the University of Johannesburg. Fast approaching tile 200-Cap mark, Pietie has represented South Africa at two Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), two World Cups (1998 and 2002), two Commonwealth Games (1998 and 2002) and three All Africa Games (1995, 1999 and 2003). Renowned for her lethal drag flick, she has scored an impressive 193 goals in her 194 games for the national side. Pietie missed the Commonwealth Games in March because of a knee injury, but is sure to add many more goals to that total at this year’s World Cup in Spain at the end of September. Added to her list of accomplishments is twice finishing as top goal scorer in the Dutch Hockey League, where she played for three seasons.
Coetzee currently works as head hockey coach at the University of Johannesburg.
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