- Reigning World, Olympic & HWL champions the Netherlands play India while New Zealand to face-off against Japan
- Korea to meet Belgium while Australia face Italy as race for HWL Final and Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues
Following the completion of the pool phase at the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, the line-up for the cross-over quarter-final matches has been confirmed. The top three finishers in the event will not only seal a place at the end of year Hockey World League Final in Argentina but also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maartje Paumen scored a hat-trick against Italy as the Netherlands finished top of Pool A, with Oranje now facing a quarter-final match-up against India, Pool B’s fourth placed team. In Pool B, Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were on target as New Zealand defeated Belgium’s Red Panthers to seal a first place finish and will now meet Japan in the last eight.
The other two quarter-finals – which take place on Tuesday 30th June – will see Korea taking on Belgium and Australia doing battle with Italy as the race for the Hockey World League Final and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues. Women’s quarter-final day will commence with the 9-10 classification match, with the first quarter-final getting underway at 13:00pm local time in Antwerp.
In the final Pool B match between India and Hockeyroos (Australia ‘s women hockey team), A four goal haul from Jodie Kenny helped the Hockeyroos to a 4-2.
Kenny’s early penalty corner double either side of Vandana Katariya’s fifth minute equaliser set the tone for a pulsating game that twice saw India’s Eves battle back to draw level, only for the Hockeyroos to respond immediately.
Poonam Rani’s scrambled equaliser shortly after half time made it 2-2 but less than 60 seconds later Kenny completed her hat-trick of penalty corner flicks to put Australia’s women back in front.
The Queensland defender’s fourth goal came from the penalty spot on the stroke of three-quarter time after Brooke Peris was wiped out by Indian goalkeeper Ranjani Etimarpu with the Australia awarded a penalty stroke on appeal to the video umpire.
The quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday 30th June with the running order as follows (local time – CEST/IST) (Full Schedule Here):
9th-10th 10:30/14:00 France v Poland
QF 13:00/16:30 Australia v Italy
QF 15:30/19:00 New Zealand v Japan
QF 18:00/21:30 Netherlands v India
QF 20:30/00:00 Korea v Belgium