|August 1st, 2013|
|31||Placement 9-16||4:30pm||NZL - BEL||7 - 3 (4 - 0)||Final|
|BEL||48||de PAEUW Julie||PC|
The last 9-16th classification game of the day was a one-sided affair in the first half that saw New Zealand get the better of Belgium with a 7-3 win despite a good second half from the Red Cheetahs.
New Zealand v Belgium 7-3 (4-0)
Wrapping up a very hot day on Pitch 2 were the teams of New Zealand and Belgium, doing battle in the 9-16th place play-offs. The first half was clearly dominated by the girls from New Zealand, who controlled the ball and dictated play over long stretches of the match.
Two goals from Phillipa Symes and one a piece from Cass Reid and Brooke Neal took the Junior Black Sticks to a comfortable 4-0 halftime lead, and after the break, it looked like the story of the match would continue on the same page, as Brooke Neal's second and a goal from Michaela Curtis pushed the scoreline to 6-0.
However, Belgium seemingly suddenly awoke from the Sleeping Beauty state and had a good period in the second half when they scored three goals in a row through Julie de Paeuw, Axelle Wouters and Emma Puvrez, but it was too little, too late, and the Red Cheetahs could no longer seriously endanger the Black Sticks.
At the other end, Rose Keddell added one more goal for New Zealand in the dying minutes of the match, and with this 7-3 win, the Kiwis join the 9-12th place quartet and play China next. Belgium take on Ghana on Saturday in the 13-16th place bracket.
Voices after the match:
Chris Leslie, Coach New Zealand: "Look, there's always hard conditins, and it's going to be tough going for both teams. We always played very well in the first half of the game, we were very dominant. But Belgium payed very well in the second half with a lot of pressure. For the next match, we play China a lot, so we will have a tough game against China. We have to play very well, we have to get the basics right, and ewant to win against them. We are disappointed not to be in the Top 8, but we're now focussed on finishing ninth in the tournament."
Shane McLeod, Coach Belgium: "I thought we had a nice second half of the match, nice goals, and we played with a lot of spirit. It was pretty hard, normally New Zealand is in the Top 8, to play against New Zealand was a great experience for my young team, for the girls. We have a really young group and it's a learning experience."
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:41 am||And it's the final match in the 9-16 play-offs, New Zealand face off with Belgium. The sun is still out and it is scorching hot!|
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:42 am||The umpires for the match are Vilma Bagdanskiene (LTU) and Chen Hong (CHN).|
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:43 am||The Junior Black Sticks start fast, 6th minute, and Julia King opens the scoring. NZL 1, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:44 am||New Zealand are in charge of the game, and Cass Reid doubles the lead. NZL 2, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:48 am||We're at the water break again, 17,5 minutes have been played, NZL 2, BEL 0, it's still very, very hot in Mönchengladbach.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 9:57 am||Back from the water break, New Zealand extend the lead. Brooke Neal sets a PC hit over the goalkeeper onto the backboard. NZL 3, BEL 0|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:06 am||It's 5 minutes to go in the first half, and Philippa Symes is the last player to touch a deflected penalty corner shot. NZL 4, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:11 am||Halftime between New Zealand and Belgium. The Kiwis walk off the field with a comfortable four goal lead. NZL 4, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:20 am||The teams are back, it's the second half. NZL 4, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:21 am||Off a penalty corner rebound, Brooke Neal scores her second of the day. NZL 5, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:26 am||Another PC completes the half-dozen, Michaela Curtis makes it NZL 6, BEL 0.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:31 am||It's Belgium's turn now, they win a penalty corner, and Julie de Paeuw sinks the ball. NZL 6, BEL 1.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:35 am||And there's another one, the Red Cheetahs have started the chase. Axelle Wouters @AxWouters17 adds Belgium's second. NZL 6, BEL 2.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:36 am||Another water break sees the teams return to the dugouts with 17,5 minutes to play.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:47 am||There are ten minutes left on the clock, it's still NZL 6, BEL 2.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:55 am||Great goal from Emma Puvrez who scoops the ball over the goalkeeper! NZL 6, BEL 3.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:56 am||Rose Keddell piles on another for New Zealand, it's NZL 7, BEL 3.|
|August 01st, 2013 at 10:59 am||It's a wrap on Pitch 2. The final result of the last match is New Zealand 7, Belgium 3.|