Belgium beat Chile 9-0 in Singapore while Australia started off with a 8-1 victory over the hosts. Pakistan defeated Ghana 6-3 in the opening match.
Netherlands, Argentina and New Zealand celebrated their second victory in the girls’ competition and take course on a medal match.
On Wednesday the girls have a rest day while Pakistan face Chile, Australia play Ghana and Singapore clash Belgium in the boys’ competition.
Pakistan’s boys win the opening match of the Youth Olympic Games
Pakistan defeated Ghana 6-3 in the opening match of the boys’ competition making them leading the table.
The teams from Pakistan and Ghana had the honour to compete in the opening match of the first Youth Olympic Games ever. Pakistan won the first penalty corner in this match after Ghana’s Luke DAMALIE tackled an attacker on his way towards goal. Ahmed ZUBAIR took the direct flick which found the net. Ghana had a great chance to equalise a few minutes later: Johnny BOTSIO had a strong run, defeated three players from Pakistan on his way into the circle but his shot went wide. Now it was Pakistan’s turn again: Team-captain Syed Kashif SHAH received a pass at the far post and managed to lift the ball over goalkeeper Simon DONTOH’s head.
Ghana cut the lead in half in the 19th minute when a great deflection from Abdul Rahman ANUM flew directly into the net. Pakistan replied by winning another penalty corner. Ghana’s goalkeeper was able to save the first two attempts but he had no chance when Muhammad Arslan QADIR smashed the rebound in. Ghana scored the 3-2 at the end of the first half. They benefitted from another penalty corner just before halftime. Although the first shot failed team-captain Alfred NTIAMOAH was able to keep control of the ball and to tip it in.
The second half had chances either side. Play got more physically which resulted in three yellow cards. The game was interrupted in the 47th minute due to a lightning warning. Afterwards Pakistan extended the lead to 4-2 but Ghana came back into the game with the 4-3 scored by Samuel AFARI. Ghana’s hopes did not last long because Pakistan made it 5-3 soon after. Ernest OPOKU complained heavily at the umpire after Ghana went down 3-5. Then he was sent off with a red card. Short in numbers Ghana were unable to score again while Pakistan secured the victory scoring twice in the last ten minutes.
Pakistan v Ghana 6-3 (3-2)
1-0 6’ Ahmed ZUBAIR (PC)
2-0 14’ Syed Kashif SHAH (FG)
2-1 19’ Abdul Rahman ANUM (FG)
3-1 21’ Muhammad Arslan QADIR (PC)
3-2 35+’ Alfred NTIAMOAH (PC)
4-2 49’ Muhammad Arslan QADIR (FG)
4-3 58' Samuel AFARI (PC)
5-3 60' Muhammad SULEMAN (FG)
6-3 63' Muhammad Arslan QADIR (FG)
Netherlands overwhelm South Africa 13-0 in girls’ competition
The Netherlands celebrated a 13-0 victory over South Africa making them new leaders in the table. With six points in the back girls from the Netherlands made a big step into the direction of a medal game.
The Netherlands started off very well against South Africa and left no doubts that they won’t win this encounter. Frederique DERKX took the early lead in the 7th minute when she flicked in a penalty corner. Afterwards South Africa created a nice attack which turned out into a one-on-one with the Dutch goalkeeper Saskia van DUIVENBODEN who was able to save with her kicker. The Dutch girls put a lot of pressure on the South Africans who were in trouble to leave their own half now. Lara DELL’ANNA doubled the lead in the 14th minute. She won possession in the 23 metres area, penetrated the circle and defeated the goalkeeper Phumelela MBANDE in a one-on-one.
Three minutes later DERKX scored her second goal in this match by converting a penalty corner. South Africa won two penalty corners but both failed. Now heavy rainfall occurred and the players had trouble to push the ball forward. Nevertheless the Netherlands extended their lead when Lieke van WIJK converted another penalty corner. South Africa was overwhelmed by the Netherlands after the match has restarted. Lieke van WIJK and Frederique DERKX completed a hat-trick. The match finally finished with the result of 13-0.
Netherlands v South Africa 13-0 (6-0)
1-0 7’ Frederique DERKX (PC)
2-0 14’ Lara DELL’ANNA (FG)
3-0 17’ Frederique DERKX (PC)
4-0 24’ Lieke van WIJK (PC)
5-0 32’ Lieke van WIJK (PC)
6-0 35’ Lieke van WIJK (PC)
7-0 41’ Frederique DERKX (PC)
8-0 44’ Mathilde HOTTING (FG)
9-0 50’ Mathilde HOTTING (FG)
10-0 51’ Macey de RUITER (FG)
11-0 55’ Roos BROEK (FG)
12-0 58’ Roos BROEK (FG)
13-0 63’ Lisanne de LANGE (PC)
Boys from Belgium start off phenomenally defeating Chile 9-0
Arno DEVREKER opened the score in the 2nd minute, only four minutes later team-captain Dimitri CUVELIER doubled the lead by converting a penalty corner.
The current European under 18 Champions dominated the match and created many opportunities but Chile’s goalkeeper Felix SCHIEGG showed great saves and kept his team in. It took up to the 28th minute until CUVELIER extended the lead to 3-0. Two minutes before the halftime whistle Alexander HENDRICKX had a great run down the side-line, entered the circle on the left, took the ball reverse-stick-side and hit it into the top right corner. The 5-0 happened due to a defensive mistake of Chile. The ball was played in from the right hand side and passed across the circle where Arno DEVREKER picked it up and scored his second goal in this match.
Nicolas de KERPEL converted a rebound of his team-captain Dimitri CUVELIER’s shot in the 54th minute into 6-0. Goalkeeper SCHIEGG performed well before however he was not able to get the ball out of danger. The 7-0 was a great reverse-stick-shot from Mathew COBBAERT. But Belgium were not finished: Soon after Gaetan PEREZ deflected the ball under the keeper’s glove into the net. DEVREKER completed a hat-trick in the 69th minute scoring his third goal of the day making him new top scorer in competition.
Belgium v Chile 9-0 (4-0)
1-0 2' Arno DEVREKER (FG)
2-0 6' Dimitri CUVELIER (FG)
3-0 28' Dimitri CUVELIER (FG)
4-0 34' Alexander HENDRICKX (FG)
5-0 47' Arno DEVREKER (FG)
6-0 54' Nicolas de KERPEL (FG)
7-0 56' Mathew COBBAERT (FG)
8-0 67' Gaetan PEREZ (FG)
9-0 69’ Arno DEVREKER (FG)
New Zealand’s girls take second victory in Youth Olympic Games
The young Blacks Sticks beat Ireland 3-2 today thanks to a last-minute-goal scored by Elley MILLER.
Rhiannon DENNISON gave New Zealand's girls the lead when she converted a penalty corner at the beginning of the first half. Ireland fought as strong as yesterday and tied the score in the 22nd minute. The crowd saw two teams competing on an equal level. The game took mostly place in midfield. It took up to the 63rd minute until the spectators saw another goal. It was DENNISON again. This time she picked up the ball in the circle and fired it in the goal. Ireland became stronger afterwards and put pressure on the young Black Sticks.
Four minutes before the final whistle the Irish goals won a penalty corner which they smashed in. They played a variation and passed the ball to Rebecca BARRY who was already expecting it at the circle-line. BARRY did not hesitate and shot into the bottom corner. New Zealand obviously wanted more than one point and ran strong attacks. A penalty corner goal scored by Elley MILLER rewarded the effort New Zealand put into the last minutes of the game. This goal was very unlucky for the Irish girls who fought hardly but could not take home any points. The ball was saved several times by the Irish goalkeeper Jenna HOLMES but the defenders were unable to bring it out of danger.
Ireland v New Zealand 2-3 (1-1)
0-1 7' Rhiannon DENNISON (PC)
1-1 22' Kathryn MULLAN (FG)
1-2 63' Rhiannon DENNISON (FG)
2-2 66' Rebecca BARRY (PC)
2-3 69' Elley MILLER (PC)
Argentine girls wrestle down Korea 4-1
Argentina won their second game in the first Youth Olympic Games by beating Korea 4-1. Korea played very well in the first half but were unable to bring up something on the score board. Argentina needed some time to find their way into the game. Agustina ALBERTARRIO’s goal opened the score in the 29th minute. Afterwards the Argentine girls scored the 2-0 going into halftime with a convincing lead. Korea looked tired against the determined Argentineans late in the second half. BAEK Eeseul’s 3-1 brought hopes back for a little while but Korea seemed too exhausted to come back into the game. When Agustina ALVAREZ scored the 4-1 it was obvious that Korea would not recover from this.
Korea v Argentina 1-4 (0-2)
0-1 29' Agustina ALBERTARRIO (FG)
0-2 35' Florencia HABIF (PC)
0-3 49' Sol FERNANDEZ (FG)
1-3 52' BAEK Eeseul (FG)
1-4 61' Agustina ALVAREZ (FG)
Singapore goes 1-8 down to Australian boys in front of their home crowd
Singapore had no chance in their first match against Australia. The young Kookaburras played very well structured and took control of the game from the first minute on.
Singapore tried their best to perform well in front of their enthusiastic home crowd. Especially goalkeeper Samudra Pang Chian ONG had a great day and denied several opportunities of the Australians. Young Kookaburra Oscar WOOKEY made a hat-trick in the first half when he scored three of the five Australian goals. Australia played strongly until the middle of the second half. With a convincing 7-0 lead in the back they slowed down their pace and gave Singapore more space. The crowd supported their team over 70 minutes and freaked out when Mohd Haseef SALIM converted a penalty corner in the 61st minute scoring the first goal for the hosts.
Australia coach Paul Gaudoin wants his impressive side to maintain focus when they face Ghana on Wednesday in the second round of boys hockey preliminary matches. Oscar Wookey hit three penalty corner goals as Australia trounced Singapore 8-1 on Tuesday and Gaudoin wants no let-up in the level of performance from his side when they take on the Africans."We are up against Ghana on Wednesday and it is an important game for us. We just want to play our very best in every game," Gaudoin said. Ghana will be without key player Ernest Opoku after he was red carded in their 6-3 defeat at the hands of Pakistan on Tuesday.
Singapore v Australia 1-8 (0-5)
0-1 8' Oscar WOOKEY (PC)
0-2 21' Daniel BEALE (FG)
0-3 29' Daniel MATHIESEN (FG)
0-4 30' Oscar WOOKEY (PC)
0-5 32' Oscar WOOKEY (PC)
0-6 37' Jake FARRELL (PC)
0-7 41' Jordan WILLOTT (FG)
0-8 60' Dylan WOTHERSPOON (FG)
1-8 65' M. H. SALIM (PC)
The FIH tournament micro site http://www.worldhockey.org/yog will be bringing you extensive coverage of all the action from the first Youth Olympic Games. The site will provide all official information and news from the tournament, keeping you fully up-to-date with the latest scores and league tables. The site will also include written match previews and reports, action photos, video interviews and much more. Photos of the opening ceremony are provided as well.
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