Day 1 of the Women’s Hockey Games at Riverbank Arena in London concluded with Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, China, Netherlands and New Zealand earning 3 points each after winning the matches.
Germany vs USA 2-1 (2-0 half-time)
World #3 Germany scraped past (2-1) World #10 USA to earn their crucial 3 points. Germany will be relieved after winning it 2-1 from 2-0 lead at half time. It was Yvonne FRANK and the defending unit of Germans who kept their nerves to win the game, when Americans pressurized for an equalizer in the last minutes.
Captain Fanny RINNE’s flick in the top corner in the 8th Minute and close range rocketing reverse hit in the roof of net by Lisa HAHN on Janne MULLER-WIELAND’s pass in 21st Minute saw Germany going for the lemon break with a 2-0 lead. Putting up a keen fight, the USA women forced penalty corners in the second half but could convert only one when Captain and Injector Lauren CRANDALL guided the Claire LAUBACH’s flick home.
For more information on GER vs USA, click here (FIH Website).
Great Britain vs Japan 4-0 (4-0 half-time)
Backed by home advantage and support of the 12th man-the Supporters in Stands, hosts Great Britain scored a comfortable win (4-0) over Japanese Women, who are at 9th place in FIH World Rankings.
Hosts Great Britain went into half time with 4-0, and enjoyed the cushion after the change of sides to win it comfortably from there. Physically superior home side, out-powered the Japanese in the mid-field.
Alex DANSON scored a brace (7″-FG and 28″-FG), while Sarah THOMAS (23″-FG) Sally WALTON (26″-PC) added one each in to Great Britain’s score in the first half of the game. But Great Britain are concerned after their Captain Kate WALSH had an injury on her face, while Helen RICHARDSON hurt her left knee with a raised ball.
For more information on GBR vs JPN, click here (FIH Website).
Argentina vs. South Africa 7-1 (half-time: 5-1)
With help from a Brace from Captain Luciana AYMAR (8″-PC and 29″-PC) and a goal from Josefina SRUOGA (20″-PC), Martina CAVALLERO (25″-FG), Carla REBECCHI (31″-FG), Noel BARRIONUEVO (62″-PC), Silvina D’ELIA (68″-PC) each, Argentina routed South Africa 7-1 to get their campaign for Gold in London off to a breathtaking start at the Riverbank Arena.
The Las Leonas pumped 5 goals in the first half to go for a lemon break with a 5-1 lead. South Africa’s only goal came through Dirkie CHAMBERLAIN in the 23rd minute.
For more information on ARG v RSA, click here (FIH Website).
China vs. Korea: 4-0 (half-time: 1-0)
Asian rivals China (5th in FIH world rankings) and Korea (8th in world) played their Olympic campaign opening game under wet conditions. Game started on slow pace in steady rains.
With both teams playing similar hockey, it was china who broke the deadlock in 25th minute on a PC MA Yibo’s high flick reached the back of the nets, and went into break with 1-0 lead.
Silver Medalists of Beijing Olympics China held the Koreans till 51st minute when ZHAO Yudiao scored on a loose ball in circles to extend the lead to 2-0. Then China earned a Penalty Stroke in 54th minute, which LI Hongxia converted comfortably. MA Yibo scored her 2nd goal of the day in 67th Minute on PC to complete the tally 4-0.
For more information on CHN v KOR, click here (FIH Website).
Netherlands vs. Belgium: 3-0 (half-time: 1-0)
Defending Olympic Champions and World Number 1 side, Netherlands won comfortably over Belgium, who are ranked at 16th place and are playing their first Olympics. But it took 33 Minutes for the Dutch Women to break the deadlock through Kim LAMMERS’ field goal, they went into half time break with a modest one goal lead.
Kim LAMMERS scored yet again for the Dutch team with another deflection to increase the lead to 2-0. Caia van MAASAKKER scored Netherlands’ 3rd Goal on a PC 10 minutes before the final hooter.
For more information on NED v BEL, click here (FIH Website).
New Zealand vs. Australia: 1-0 (half-time: 1-0)
The opening match of the Women’s Hockey Competition at London 2012 was won by Black Sticks who scored an early goal in the 3rd minute of the game. The only goal of the game came through Cathryn FINLAYSON on a Penalty Corner. Then World number 6 side New Zealand held on and absorbed the pressure their trans-Tasmanian arch-rival Hockeyroos.
After trailing early into the world number 7 side Australian women did try everything and came close to level the scores on many occasions but the New Zealanders held their nerves and their earned valuable 3 points from the opening game.
For more information on NZL v AUS, click here (FIH Website).