The second day of competition at the BDO FIH Hockey World Cup in Rosario, Argentina saw victories for The Netherlands, Germany and Australia as the Pool A kicked into action.
The Netherlands were in rampant form against India, surging to a 7-1 victory. Penalty corner star Maartje PAUMEN was in electrifying form, netting a hat-trick while Kim LAMMERS also chipped in with two goals as The mighty Dutch began the defence of the World title in stylish fashion.
Germany's victory against New Zealand came courtesy of two in less than three first half minutes, with Celine WILDE and Tina BACHMANN getting their names on the score-sheet. The goals - which arrived in the 15th and 17th minutes - proved to be enough to give Germany a 2-0 win, although The Black Sticks were certainly not without goal-scoring chances.
Australia secured a narrow victory over Japan in the third and final match of the day, with Kobie McGURK and Madonna BLYTH scoring the crucial goals. The game was played in cold and wet conditions, but that did not stop the Hockeyroos from claiming all three points in their opening match of the tournament.
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India crushed by Paumen's Netherlands
India were on the receiving end of a 7-1 score-line as The Netherlands turned on the style to record a big win in their opening fixture of the BDO FIH Hockey WOrld Cup 2010. Penalty corner star Maartje PAUMEN scored a hat-trick in the match, with midfield maestro Naomi van AS playing a starring role in the triumph.
The Netherlands opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match when Marilyn AGLIOTTI volleyed home from close range, but the Olympic champions were soon pegged back thanks to a powerful 24th minute strike from India forward Rani RAMPAL. Ellen HOOG restored the Dutch advantage two minutes later from open play before the ever dangerous Kim LAMMERS established a 3-1 half time lead.
PAUMEN got her name on the score-sheet six minutes after the break, sending a typically powerful penalty corner flick into the India goal. Naomi van AS was the creator of the Netherlands fifth goal, evading a number of challenges with a surging midfield run before LAMMERS drilled home from the top of the circle (45th minute). The scoring was completed by PAUMEN in the 49th and 60th minute, the first of which came from the penalty spot and the second coming courtesy of another ferocious penalty corner effort.
The Netherlands appear to be in great shape, and will look forward to their next fixture - on Wednesday against New Zealand - with anticipation.
Match 4 - Netherlands v India 7-1
> The Netherlands beat India 7-1 today to record their biggest World Cup victory since beating Ireland 6-0 in 2002.
> For India today’s defeat by a 6-goal margin marks their biggest defeat in World Cup competition.
> The last time Netherlands scored at least 7 goals in a World Cup match was 29 years ago in 1981 when they beat Belgium 7-0 and Soviet Union 7-3.
> Their record for most goals in a World Cup match is eight in 1976 vs Mexico (8-0).
> The Netherlands saw four different players score in today’s match. The last time this happened in a World Cup match was in 2002 when they beat USA 5-2 through goals by Ellis Verbakel, Mijntje Donners, Ageeth Boomgaardt and Aniek van Hees (2).
> Marilyn Agliotti netted her first World Cup goal for The Netherlands. At the 2006 World Cup she scored once playing for South Africa.
> Netherlands’ Kim Lammers and Maartje Paumen (PC) also netted against India in the last World Cup in 2006.
> Paumen scored a hat-trick and is now joined top scorer at Rosario 2010 with Luciana Aymar (ARG).
> Paumen is the first Dutch player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Kim Lammers and Sylvia Karres scored three goals each in Holland’s 6-1 win over China in 2006.
Germany defeat Black Sticks with quick-fire double
Germany struck twice in less than three first half minutes to defeat New Zealand, with Celine WILDE and Tina BACHMANN getting their names on the score-sheet in the second match of Day 2 here in Rosario. The goals - which arrived in the 15th and 17th minutes - proved to be enough to give Germany a 2-0 win, although The Black Sticks were certainly not without goal-scoring chances.
Germany started the game as the livelier of the two sides, winning a brace of penalty corners early in the match which were not converted. New Zealand had early chances of their own when Charlotte HARRISON and Kayla SHARLAND fired wide of the mark in quick succession. The opening goal of the game came courtesy of a tip-in from Celine WILDE, who brilliantly force the ball into the net after a great cross-shot from Germany legend Natascha KELLER, before their lead was extended by Tina BACHMANN's penalty corner effort.
The second half saw both sides go close to scoring, with Germany's KELLER and New Zealand's Anita PUNT failing to take their chances. Gemma FLYNN and Krystal FORGESSON also had decent goal scoring opportunities late on, but could not take advantage.
Victory for Germany moves them level on points at the top of Pool A, alongside The Netherlands who recorded a 7-1 win over India earlier in the day.
Match 5 - Germany v New Zealand 2-0
> Germany secured their fourth successive win over New Zealand after beaten them at the 2006 CT (3-0), 2008 Olympics (2-1) and 2010 CT (5-2).
> Germany are the first team to keep a clean sheet at this World Cup and New Zealand are the first team that failed to score at Rosario 2010.
> 20-year-old Celine Wilde is the youngest goalscorer for Germany at a major tournament (OG, CT and WC) since he 2000 Olympics when Fanny Rinne scored also at the age of 20.
> Tina Bachmann’s only previous World Cup goal came in 2002 against Russia, also from a penalty corner.
> Germany scored one of 8 penalty corners awarded in this match. New Zealand were awarded 2 PC’s.
Australia claim the spoils against Japan
Australia secured a narrow victory over Japan in the third and final match of Day 2 here at the BDO FIH Hockey Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina. The game was played in cold and wet conditions, but that did not stop the Hockeyroos from claiming all three points in their opening match of the tournament.
Australia started the match with a clear intent of scoring the first goal, but the match quickly descended into a battle for possession in midfield. Eventually though, Australia found a breakthrough when Kobie McGURK fired into the net with a direct penalty corner strike from the top of the circle. The goal swung the match in Australia's favour, but despite large spells of possession could not increase their advantage in the first half.
The Hockeyroos scored what proved to be the winning goal through team captain Madonna BLYTH, who turned well before sending a low shot into the net via the left post in the 61st minute. However, Japan hit back almost immediately when Kaori CHIBA brilliantly guided a cross from the right into the goal with her reverse stick. Japan went in search of an equaliser, but Australia defended well to secure their victory.
The win was enough to move Australia level on points with The Netherlands and Germany, who were also winners on the first day of action in Pool A. All of the Pool A teams return to the field of play on Wednesday, with tomorrow's action consisting of matches from Pool B.
Match 6 - Australia v Japan 2-1
> Australia have extended their unbeaten streak against Japan to eight competitive encounters (6 wins – 2 draws).
> Kobie McGurk (AUS) netted her first goal in eight World Cup matches, by converting a penalty corner.
> Australia’s captain Madonna Blyth scored her second World Cup career goal. In 2006 she netted in the match against South Africa (1-0).
> Koari Chiba ended Japan’s streak of four top level matches against Australia without scoring.
> Chiba is now on five World Cup career goals, adding to the four goals she scored in 2006.
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