Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 Kuantan
New Zealand are top of pool A after the second day of action at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia. The Black Sticks walked away with a 6-1 victory over Japan while Ireland’s Green Machine lost to Poland. The ambitious Polish team chalked up a 2-1 victory thanks to a late Pawel Bratkowski strike. Poland are now second in the pool, followed by Japan; Ireland are last.
Korea top pool B after they recorded a convincing 3-1 win over fellow Rabobank Hockey World Cup contestants Malaysia in their second match of the tournament. Canada are also unbeaten, but have an inferior goal difference so they currently sit in second place after winning their second pool B match 3-2 against France. Host nation Malaysia sit at the bottom of the pool as they have now lost both their matches, with France in third place.
Champions Challenge 1 Glasgow
Home side Scotland were unlucky not to share points with Belgium in the first pool A match of the Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow. Alison Bell gave her side an early lead, but goals from Lieselotte van Lindt and Barbara Nelen meant Belgium finished day one on maximum points. The second pool A match revealed Korea's intentions to reclaim Champions Trophy status. Their 4-2 win over a youthful India team was gained through a composed and structured performance, with goals from Park Mi Hyun (13), Kim Ok Ju (23'), Cheon Eun Bi (28) and Lee Young Sil (42').
The USA women's team won their opening Champions Challenge 1 game in Glasgow in dominant fashion against Spain to finish Day One at the top of pool B. The USA scorers were Katie O'Donnell (29'), Michelle Vitesse (47') and Melissa Gonzalez (55'). Spain's sole goal came courtesy of Maria Gomez (62').
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