NZL V JPN ( QF 4 ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

NZL
5 - 1
JPN

Match Review NZL - JPN 5-1

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New Zealand’s Black Sticks claimed a fifth successive victory at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, battling through searing temperatures to record a 5-1 quarter-final win against Japan’s Cherry Blossoms.

The result puts them within one win of landing a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, something that they will be certain of if they win either their semi-final or, failing that, the third-place play-off game. Japan will now compete in the 5-8 classification places.

Japan made life difficult for the in-form New Zealanders in the early stages, with the team that finished fourth in Pool A taking a shock lead when Akiko Kato slid the ball underneath onrushing goalkeeper Sally Rutherford in the 4th minute of the game. However, the Black Sticks were level within 60 seconds thanks to Petrea Webster, who was on-hand to force the ball in from close range after excellent work from inspirational captain Anita Punt.

The second and third periods were almost completely dominated by the Oceania giants, with a Sophie Cocks field goal and a trademark penalty corner from Punt taking the Black Sticks into a 3-1 lead before Kirsten Pearce and Gemma Flynn completed the scoring in the fourth quarter.

“It was a really good game for us and a really good lead up into the semis”, said Black Sticks goal-scorer Kirsten Pearce after the match. “To be honest, I think we came out firing in the second half and we really wanted to win it. We really want to beat the best teams and put our best efforts into achieving that.”

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
JPN 4 10 KATO Akiko FG 0 - 1
NZL 5 6 WEBSTER Petrea FG 1 - 1
NZL 34 17 COCKS Sophie FG 2 - 1
NZL 42 32 PUNT Anita PC 3 - 1
NZL 49 18 PEARCE Kirsten FG 4 - 1
NZL 54 22 FLYNN Gemma FG 5 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
JPN 20 5 NAKAGAWA Miyuki Y
NZL 44 6 WEBSTER Petrea G

NZL

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
4 MERRY Olivia
3
6 WEBSTER Petrea 1 1
34
7 ROBERTS Ani
X
8 RUTHERFORD Sally
X
9 NEAL Brooke
Bench
10 GIBSON Amelia
X
12 GUNSON Ella
X
13 CHARLTON Samantha
5
15 KING Julia
X
16 THOMPSON Liz
X
17 COCKS Sophie 1
X
18 PEARCE Kirsten 1
X
22 FLYNN Gemma 1
3
24 KEDDELL Rose
4
26 HAYWARD Pippa
3
27 GRANT Jordan
X
31 MICHELSEN Stacey
X
32 PUNT Anita 1
  Team Manager BALME Debbie
  Head Coach HAGER Mark
  Assistant Coach DANCER Sean
  Physiotherapist MEYER Jessica
  Stand-In Manager MENEZES Jude

JPN

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
50
1 OIE Ryoko
28
2 SAKAI Shiho
X
5 NAKAGAWA Miyuki 1
4
7 OTSUKA Shiho
X
8 HAYASHI Nagisa
X
9 NAKASHIMA Mie
X
10 KATO Akiko 1
6
11 SHIBATA Akane
4
12 MITSUHASHI Aki
X
13 OIKAWA Shihori
X
14 SAKAGUCHI Maki
7
15 NISHIMURA Ayaka
X
16 NAGAI Yuri
X
17 NAGAI Hazuki
X
18 ASANO Sakiyo
X
19 ONO Mayumi
4
20 MANO Yukari
X
21 YAMAMOTO Yukari
  Team Manager HASEBE Kenji
  Head Coach NAGAI Yuji
  Stand-In Manager YASUDA Zenjiro
  Physiotherapist MOGI Jun

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 WILSON Sarah
Umpire 2 PRESENQUI Irene
Reserve Umpire ADENOT Claire
Video Umpire METCHETTE Carol
Judge 1 RAMPONE Guendalina
Judge 2 SHARMA Anjali
Technical Officer WOTHERSPOON Anne
  • Match 25
  • Date Tue, 30 Jun 2015
  • Time 15:30
  • Pool/Class QF 4
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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