Argentina Hockey World League Final: Korea & Germany suffer heavy defeats in first session
POOL A: England and the Netherlands both made impressive starts in their quests to claim the Hockey World League title in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, powering to huge wins over Korea and Germany respectively.
England recovered from a two goal deficit to defeat Korea 6-2, while the Netherlands claimed a stunning 6-0 win over European champions Germany. More information on the matches can be found below.
Match 1: England fight back to crush Korea
England recovered from a shocking start to claim all three points in the opening match of the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman, battling to a 6-2 victory over Pool A rivals Korea.
A large crowd turned out to watch the first game of the day, and they were given a real treat as Korea stormed into an early two goal lead against their higher-ranked opponents. Park Ki Ju was on hand to touch home a slick penalty corner routine in the 17th minute, with Park Seung doubling the advantage three minutes later with a predatory strike.
England were not themselves in the early stages, but grew in stature as the match progressed. Livewire striker Alex Danson reduced the deficit three minutes before the break with a glorious strike from the top of the circle, giving England great confidence ahead of a second half that they dominated from start to finish.
A penalty corner from Lily Owsley tied the scores shortly after half time, with Georgie Twigg slamming home a penalty stroke six minutes later to give England a 3-2 lead. Sophie Bray got in on the action with a 50th minute penalty corner, before Kate Richardson-Walsh scored two late PCs to give England a resounding and deserved victory.
Match 2: Germany hit for six by Dazzling Dutch
Reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands have made clear their Hockey World League title ambitions by recording a staggering 6-0 win over European champions Germany. The dazzling Dutch produced some scintillating hockey to overpower their opponents, gaining a measure of revenge for the defeat they suffered at the hands of their European rivals in the HWL Round 3 event on home soil in Rotterdam.
Early in the match, the Netherlands were denied on numerous occasions by a string of high quality saves from Germany keeper Victoria Wiederman, but the inevitable opener arrived when Dutch captain Maartje Paumen drilled home a second phase penalty corner in the 22nd minute.
It proved to be the only goal of the half, but the second period proved to be far more profitable for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic champions. Lidewij Welten fired home a second in the 39th minute before Maria Verschoor added a third when she took full advantage of a defensive error.
Germany were up against the ropes, and the Netherlands were in no mood for mercy. Frederique Derkx and Malou Pheninckx took the score to 5-0 with open play efforts before Ellen Hoog finished off a glorious passing move with a brilliant backhand strike to complete the match scoring.Back