Korea win first point against New Zealand
Pool B – NZL 2-2 KOR
New Zealand and Korea have met twice at last year's Champions Trophy with Korea beating the Black Sticks 5-3 in Group C only to lose 2-3 in the bronze medal match, handing New Zealand their first ever Champions Trophy medal. Their last meeting came at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba where Korea beat New Zealand 6-4 coming back from being 0-2 down.
In today’s encounter it took New Zealand only nine minutes to take the lead thanks to Cathryn Finlayson (9’). Afterwards they could have extended their lead but failed to score from three successive penalty corners. However Katie Glynn doubled the lead in the 25th minute giving New Zealand a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Korea was the team who took control of the match in the second half while New Zealand struggled to maintain any position. Despite dominating it took Korea up to the 44th minute until Kim Okju scored the 1-2 by converting their 4th penalty corner.
New Zealand had difficulty clearing the ball out of their half and Korea maintained attacking pressure. It was only the good the keeping by New Zealand’s goalkeeper Bianca Russell which kept Korea from adding to their total. Finally with a change of variation at a penalty corner Kim Jong-Eun scored her 4th Champions Trophy career goal. All of these goals came in matches against New Zealand. Korea converted the last penalty corner of the game but their game-winning goal was referred by the video umpire because the umpire felt the ball did not leave the circle. This was confirmed by the video umpire and the game score stood at a 2-2 draw.
Match Review 7. New Zealand - Korea 2-2
> Korea are the second team to come back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 today, joining GB.
> New Zealand have now drawn their first two matches at Rosario 2012. Korea are on 1 point from 2 matches.
> Cathryn Finlayson also scored in last year's CT against New Zealand when Korea beat New Zealand 5-3 in a pool match.
> Katie Glynn scored her 6th CT career goal. Her last three CT goals all came in matches against Korea. She has now scored once in each of New Zealand's last 3 CT matches against Korea.
> Kim Jong-Eun scored her 4th CT career goal. All of these goals came in matches vs New Zealand (3 in 2011 and now 1 in 2012).
> Kim Ok-Ju scored Korea’s only PC goal from 8 penalty corners awarded in this match and in the tournament. It marked her first CT goal.
> New Zealand were awarded 3 penalty corners in this match but they failed to convert.
> The Black Stick are now on 0 for 4 at Rosario 2012.
Match Preview 7. New Zealand - Korea (January 29th, 5:30pm)
> These teams met twice at last year’s Champions Trophy with Korea beating New Zealand 5-3 in Group C only to lose 3-2 in the bronze medal match.
> New Zealand won its first medal at the Champions Trophy in 2011, finishing with the bronze medal after beating Korea 3-2 in the third-place playoff.
> Overall New Zealand have won 3 of 5 Champions Trophy matches against Korea. Their biggest CT victory over Korea came in the 1999 Final 5-6 when they won 3-1.
> Korea’s biggest CT win came against New Zealand when they beat the Black Sticks 8-1 in 1987. This match is still tied for most goals in a CT match, together with AUS-ESP 8-1 in 1993 and NED-GER 8-1 in 2005.
> Their last meeting came 10 days ago, at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba on January 19th, when Korea beat New Zealand 6-4, coming back from 2-0 down. The New Zealand goals were scored by Gemma Flynn, Samantha Charlton, Anita Punt and Charlotte Harrison.
> Korea won the Four Nations tournament in Cordoba, beating Great Britain 3-2 in the final. Argentina finished third, New Zealand fourth.
> On Day 1 New Zealand drew 2-2 with Argentina in their opening match after taking a 2-0 lead through goals by Stacey Michelsen and Samantha Harrison.
> New Zealand failed to convert their only PC awarded in this match. New Zealand's penalty corner success rate for Amstelveen 2011 was is 3 for 14 (21%).
> Anna Lawrence (1999), Katie Glynn and Charlotte Harrison are New Zealand’s top scorers against Korea in CT competition on 2 goals each. Both Glynn and Harrison scored in both CT encounters with Korea in 2011.
> The Black Sticks claimed a third consecutive Oceania Cup title in 2011, securing a berth for the Olympic Games in London later this year.
> New Zealand finished sixth the last time they competed in the Champions Trophy in Argentina, in Rosario in 2004.
> New Zealand are ranked 6th on the FIH world ranking.
> Since 2008 (11th), the Black Sticks have improved their world ranking every year moving up to 9th in 2009, 7th in 2010 and 6th in 2011.
> Coach Mark Hager has taken the team from 12th to sixth ranked team in the world.
> Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were named in the FIH All Star team in 2011.
> Defender Sophie Devine has also played cricket for New Zealand, making her debut for the White Ferns in 2006. In 2011 she decided to stop playing cricket and concentrate on playing hockey in a bid to secure a place on New Zealand's squad for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
> Korea lost 4-2 to Germany on Day 1, with Cheon Eun-Bi and Kim Jong-Hee scoring in the first 12 minutes of the match.
> Korea did not get any penalty corners in their opening match against Germany.
> Korea finished fourth at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Amstelveen despite only winning one of its six matches at the tournament. That result was Korea's best finish at the Champions Trophy since Berlin in 1997.
> The last time Korea competed at the Champions Trophy on Argentine soil the team finished second, losing the final on penalty strokes to Australia in Mar del Plata in 1995.
> Korea have lost 6 of their last 7 CT matches against teams from Oceania, their only win being the 5-3 victory over New Zealand in 2011.
> Korea are ranked 8th on the FIH World Ranking.
> Midfielder Kim Da-Rae was selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.
> Kim Jong-Eun and Kim Jong-Hee both scored 3 of Korea’s 7 goals against New Zealand at last year’s Champions Trophy. Hong Yoo-Jin was the other Korean goalscorer.