Australia and India had plenty to play for in the final pool match of the Hawke’s Bay Cup Women’s Hockey tournament in Hastings, but after 60 minutes of intense action it was Australia that came away the more disappointed team after the match ended in a scoreless draw.
The first half was evenly fought with both teams having sustained periods on attack. The best chance for India came in the second quarter when they were awarded a penalty stroke but couldn’t convert it into a goal.
The second half belonged to Australia but try as they might they were unable to break the sound defence of India. The final 7 minutes of the match saw play sweep from end to end but both teams remained scoreless at the final hooter.
That completes pool play in the Hawke’s Bay Cup tournament. Quarterfinals will be played on Thursday (NZ time), semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
The Results Final Day of Pool Stage :
Japan 1 (Mie Nakashima 56) defeated by Argentina 2 ( Carla Rebecchi 34, Florencia Habif 43)
China 2 (Xiaoxu Xu 20, Meiyu Liang 59) beat USA 1 (Katie O’Donnell 27)
New Zealand 2 (Olivia Merry 17, Gemma Flynn 49 ) beat Korea 1 (Eunbi Cheon 55)
Australia 0 draw with India 0
The quarterfinal lineup (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table and Live Stream Here):
QF 1 China vs Japan 1.30pm
QF 2 Argentina vs Australia 3.45pm
QF 3 New Zealand vs India 6pm
QF 4 USA vs Korea 8.15pm
Black Sticks Women win 2-1 and take top spot
A goal from Gemma Flynn in her 200th international test has helped the Black Sticks Women secure a 2-1 win against Korea at the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings tonight.
The win means the Kiwis finish top of Pool B. Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager says although there are still improvements to be made, he is pleased with the win and can see the progress the team is making.
“I don’t think we are playing at our best yet. I imagine the statistics were probably pretty even for both teams, so I’m just really pleased we hung in there and converted enough chances to get us over the line,” said Hager.
“As a team, one of the things we spoke about was having to win these close games, and we have won two in a row now. Both those games have been tight and hard fought, and we have come out on the right side.”
In cold conditions in Hastings tonight, Canterbury’s Olivia Merry was the first to score from a penalty corner in the 17th minute with Flynn doubling the lead in the last quarter with a field goal. Flynn had a number of other opportunities in her milestone game, but couldn’t quite convert.
Korea’s Eunbi Cheon pegged one back in the 55th minute and the tempo increased as Korea pushed forward to try and find the equaliser, but New Zealand held on for the win.
China comes out on top in clash with USA
The final pool match for these two teams was vitally important in determining who they would meet in the quarterfinals of the Hawke’s Bay Cup Women’s Hockey tournament in Hastings, New Zealand.
Both teams had recorded a win and a draw so far in the tournament with the USA heading the pool A points table on goal difference.
The USA had a wealth of possession in the first quarter but were guilty of giving the ball away as China pressed hard in defence.
China opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Xiaoxu Xu capitalised on poor USA defence inside the circle and crashed the ball into the back of the net.
Just 7 minutes later the USA tied the match when Katie O’Donnell trapped the ball around 15 metres out and ran at the defence. The Chinese defence let her run and her shot from close range deflected into the goal from a defenders stick.
China continued to make things difficult for the USA with strong tackling and a high work rate which resulted in a large number of turnovers and interceptions.
Both teams were creating chances on attack but it was China that broke the deadlock with just a minute remaining when Meiyu Liang scored.
Argentina overcomes gallant Japan at Hawke’s Bay Cup
The highly rated Argentina Women’s Hockey team had to work hard to overcome Japan in their final pool match at the Hawke’s Bay Cup Tournament in Hastings New Zealand.
On a very cold afternoon in Hawke’s Bay, the Argentinian team had the best of the opening half but struggled to break down the strong defensive screen set by Japan.
Japan forced the only penalty corner of the first quarter while Argentina forced 3 in the second quarter but the Japan defensive screen was equal to the task.
Argentina finally broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Carla Rebeechi goaled from the field. Then in the 43rd minute Argentina were 2 up when Florencia Habif goaled from a penalty corner.
At this stage of the match Argentina were on top but Japan kept pressing on the fast break and were finally rewarded 4 minutes from time when Mie Nakashima found the net.
Both teams pressed hard in the final minutes before Argentina ran out the winners 2 -1.