|June 18th, 2013|
|13||Quarterfinal||8:00pm||NED - IND||8 - 1 (2 - 0)||Final|
Placement 5-8: India vs. Japan – 12:30
Placement 5-8: Belgium vs. Chile – 14:30
Semi-Final: Korea vs. Germany – 17:00
Semi-Final: Netherlands vs. New Zealand – 20:00
Netherlands – India 8-1 (2-0 halftime)
The semi-final picture is complete at the Rabo Bank World Hockey League tournament in Rotterdam. World #1 and host Netherlands will meet New Zealand in the semi-final game after earning a clear 8-1 win over India in today’s quarterfinal match-up. The other semi-final game will feature Korea against Germany.
It took awhile for the Dutch to get their offense firing in the first half, and when it did it was thanks to the talents of two of their top stars, Kim Lammers and Maartje Paumen. The duo are both shortlisted for the 2012 FIH Player of the Year award to be presented later this week and both showed why they made that list.
Lammers kicked the scoring off 21 minutes into the game when the Dutch had numbers in their favor on a trip down field allowing her to convert the chance into the 1-0 lead. Paumen doubled the lead with just over two minutes left in the half with a rifle of a shot into the upper right corner.
Ellen Hoog extended the lead to 3-0 when she scored a beautiful goal shooting ball into the far opposite corner nine minutes into the second half. India’s Vandana Katariya got her team on the board four minutes later, but before the Indians could celebrate Valeria Magis had restored the three-goal advantage for the Netherlands.
The Dutch continued to roll when Eva De Goede scored the 5-0 goal on a trick penalty corner play that saw Paumen execute a fake before passing it off for the score. Sabine Mol and Paumen stuck again just two minutes apart in the late stages of the game and De Goede added her second of the game in the last minute on a penalty corner to bring the final to 8-1.
The Dutch win completes a sweep by the four highest-seeded teams at the event and leaves all the teams that went through the earlier Hockey World League rounds in the placement games. The semi-final meeting between the Netherlands and New Zealand will be a battle between the two highest ranked teams at the event with the Black Sticks holding the #3 spot in the FIH World Ranking.
Tomorrow the men start their quarterfinal day. The first game begins at 12:30 when Belgium and Ireland meet. The women’s semi-finals day is Thursday with two placement games and the two semi-final meetings.
|June 18th, 2013 at 12:58 pm||In about 80 minutes the quarterfinal picture for the women will be complete -- Netherlands vs. India starts now!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:16 pm||Ten minutes gone and India hanging tough against the World #1 and host Dutch, score still 0-0|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:22 pm||With 18 minutes left in the first half the score is still 0-0 between India and the Netherlands (women)|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:26 pm||Kim Lammers breaks the scoring silence 21 minutes into the game as the Dutch take the 1-0 lead|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:38 pm||Make it 2-0 for the Dutch after Paumen fires in a penalty corner into the upper corner of the net with three minutes left in the half|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:40 pm||As an interesting fun fact, both Lammers and Paumen were named to the shortlist of the 2012 FIH Player of the Year.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 1:50 pm||The second half is underway, if the 2-0 lead endures, all the top seeds will make it through to the semi-finals.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:00 pm||Hoog goes to the opposite corner to nine minutes into the second half to extend the Dutch lead to 3-0|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:05 pm||Katariya gets India on the board in the 48th minute. Score is now 3-1.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:06 pm||Magis quickly kills the Indian momentum with the quick 4-1 follow-up goal for the Netherlands.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:11 pm||With 15 minutes to go in the game, the Dutch are sitting pretty with a 4-1 lead. New Zealand awaits the winner of the game|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:14 pm||Eva De Goede makes it 5-1 for the Netherlands after a nifty trick play by Paumen on the drag flick -- well played!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:23 pm||Two more quick goals from the Dutch (Mol and Paumen) bring the score up to an amazing 7-1|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:28 pm||De Goede puts in a penalty corner in the last minute to bring the final score to an emphatic Dutch decision, 8-1 against India|
|June 18th, 2013 at 2:29 pm||The Netherlands will take on New Zealand in one semi-final game. The other semi-final is Korea vs. Germany. Games are on Thursday|
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