Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

JPN V BEL ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

1 - 1

Match Review JPN - BEL 1-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
BEL 34 27 BOON Jill PS 0 - 1
JPN 58 8 YAMAMOTO Yukari FG 1 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
BEL 38 6 RAES Anouk G
BEL 40 22 DELMEE Helene G
BEL 59 6 RAES Anouk Y
BEL 62 12 VALCKE Gaelle Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 BARTLEMA Stella
Umpire 2 STEWART Wendy
Reserve Umpire BLOCK Frances
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 PARKS Paula
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Japan v. Belgium 1-1 (half-time: 0-1)
With both teams well out of the playoff picture, it was a battle for pride in today’s Belgium vs. Japan match. In the end both teams could hold their heads a little higher after they played to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining and competitive battle that had the intensity of a game with the semi’s on the line.

Things got off to a slow start on both ends, but about mid-half Belgium picked things up a notch and were rewarded with a slew of chances, including a shot that dinged off the post on a penalty corner and a chance that had to be saved on the line by Japanese defenseman Rika Komazawa.

Ultimately, it was a penalty stroke from Jill Boon with two minutes left in the half that broke the scoring silence. Japan asked for a video referral on the call, but after review, it was denied and Boon calmly stepped up to the mark and fired the stroke in.

Belgium continued to cling to its slim lead through the second half, doing their best to fend off the speedy Japanese counterattack and they almost pulled it off until Yukari Yamamoto scored after the dove to reach a rebound, tying the game at one. Japan had a chance in the last minute to go for the win when a penalty corner was awarded, but the last minute effort went harmlessly wide and the two teams each came away with a point.

The draw leaves the bottom half of Pool A wide open as Korea, Japan and Belgium could all finish as high as seventh or as low as 12th. Korea currently has three points, Belgium sits with two point after two draws and Japan has one point. Monday’s results will determine who gets plugged into which placement game.

(Eric Bailey)

  • Match 21
  • Date Sat, 4 Aug 2012
  • Time 13:45
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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