The Black Sticks (New Zealand) Women have secured their spot in the Hawke’s Bay Cup semi finals after an emphatic 4-1 result over India in this evening’s quarter final. China overcame Japan in shoot-out by 3-1 after scoreless draw in regulation time to set-up semi finals against Australia who defeated Argentina by 1-0, thanks to 4th minute goal by Kathryn Slattery. Korea stunned USA by 2-1 in 4th quarter final to play semi final against the hosts New Zealand to be played on Saturday.
Full match recordings of Hawke’s Bay Cup Quarter Final here (Semi-finals schedule here)
QF 4: Korea beat USA 2-1 (Korea: Bomi Kim, Seunga Park; USA: Kelsey Kolajejcheck)
QF 3: Black Sticks beat India 4-1 (Black Sticks: Olivia Merry (2), Petrea Webster, Ella Gunson; India: Ritu Rani)
QF 2: Australia beat Argentina 1-0 (Australia: Kathryn Slattery)
QF 1: China beat Japan on Penalty Shoot-out (Fulltime: 0-0, Shoot-out 3-1)
Shaking off a slow start, the Kiwis took control of the game and dominated the second half to ensure themselves a top four finish at the tournament. Striker Olivia Merry starred with a double, while Petrea Webster and Ella Gunson were also on the scoreboard for New Zealand.
Head coach Mark Hager said it was good to be able to contain the Indians, who were dangerous on the counter attack. “After going down early it was pleasing our girls fought back and never gave up. I have heart attacks on the sideline sometimes but that’s the way we want to play is up tempo high risk hockey. In the second half we created lots of opportunities around the attacking circle and that’s what we need to keep doing going into the weekend’s semi final,” he said.
The Hawke’s Cup quarter final match between India and New Zealand was an exciting clash as both teams gave a tough fight as they defended well and even maintained a good attack on each other in the entire game. It was India who drew first blood as they successfully scored a penalty corner but New Zealand struck back with no looking back as they went on to score 4 goals and won the match 4-1.
First quarter and six minutes into the game, India was awarded their first penalty corner and a clever variation by India helped Ritu Rani to put the ball into the nets leaving the host team stunned. New Zealand in their bid to bounce back into the game got their first the very next minute as Petrea Webster successfully slammed the ball for a goal. Post their first goal New Zealand had another chance at penalty corner and an opportunity to take the lead in the game but was defended well by the Indians to avert the danger.
India maintained good attack in the second quarter as they gave a few jittery moments to the opponents but somehow was unable to convert the chances. Two minute into the second quarter the Indian team had a penalty corner in their name but missed. Two minutes left into the quarter, New Zealand managed to break the defence chain of India to put the ball into the nets, going on to take the lead in the game 2-1.
The third quarter was a story of attacks and misses as both teams tried to score. While India was looking at equalizing, New Zealand’s aim was to increase the goal score further. As the quarter drew to an end and seemed that it would end in a dry run, New Zealand scored the third goal in the 29th minute and taking the end of third session score to 3-1. The fourth quarter India maintains their attack but failed to capitalize. In the 55th minute New Zealand added one more to their tally as Ella Gunson scored a field goal and sealed India’s fate in the match.
The Hawke’s Bay Cup Quarter Final 1: China vs Japan
The first match in the quarterfinals of the Hawke’s Bay Cup Women’s Hockey tournament in Hastings, New Zealand saw China and Japan locked nil all at fulltime. China has advanced to the top half of the playoffs after winning the penalty shootout 3 -1. China finished at the top of pool A with 2 wins and a draw while Japan was at the bottom of pool B with just a draw to show from their three matches.
The first half was very even, with China creating the best scoring opportunity at the 20 minute mark when the ball was sitting in the open just centimetres from the goal-line, but Japan was able to clear. China created further opportunities late in the first half but the Japanese defence was equal to the task and cleared the danger.
The second half saw China continue to attack strongly with the Japanese defence coming under enormous pressure. The keepers were called into action on numerous occasions as both teams pressed forward to try and break the deadlock. The match ended nil all and went to a penalty shootout which China won 3 -1. China’s goals were scored by Jiaojiao De, Yang Peng, and Jaiqi Li. Japans only goal was scored by Yukan Yamamoto.
The Hawke’s Bay Cup Quarter Final 2: Australia vs Argentina:
A single goal was all that split Australia and Argentina in the second quarterfinal of the Hawke’s Bay Cup Women’s Hockey tournament in Hastings, New Zealand this afternoon. This was billed as the match of the quarterfinals after Argentina finished second in pool B and Australia third in pool A. The teams fought out the final of the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Cup tournament in 2014, with Argentina coming into this tournament as the defending champions.
Australia was first on the board when Kathryn Slattery scored from the field in just the fourth minute. They continued to press hard on attack during the remainder of the first half but Argentina scrambled well in defence to repel the attacks. Argentina forced three penalty corners in quick succession at the end of the half but was unable to score the equalising goal.
The second 30 minutes was played with high intensity and scoring chances were created at both ends of the turf. Both defensive units scrambled well and the respective goalkeepers had plenty of work to do.
The Hawke’s Bay Cup Quarter Final 4: Korea vs USA
Korea have stunned the USA in the quarterfinals of the Hawke’s Bay Cup women’s hockey tournament in Hastings, New Zealand. Korea came into this evenings quarterfinal with just one win from 3 games while the USA had recorded a win and draw from their pool matches.
The USA began the match in totally dominant fashion forcing four penalty corners in the first quarter. They were rewarded in the 14th minute when Kelsey Kolojejchick beat the Korea keeper from an acute angel to make it 1 nil. Korea finally found some rhythm in the second quarter and their reward came when Bomi Kim pushed the ball into the net from close range after US keeper Alesha Widdall saved from a penalty corner but the USA defenders failed to clear the ball from the goalmouth
In the 42nd minute Korea broke the deadlock when Seunga Park found the back of the net for Korea. The USA mounted attack after attack in the dying minutes of the match but were unable to find the back of the net.