Ergo Junior Hockey World Cup Mönchengladbach 2013
Mönchengladbach, Germany - July 27 - 4, 2013


Crunch time for quarter-final berths at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

July 29, 2013
12 teams still in the running for eight quarter-final spots

With none of the participating teams managing to secure its quarter-final ticket on Day 2, Tuesday’s pool matches see twelve teams vying for eight quarter-final berths at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup Mönchengladbach 2013. Only Canada and Belgium are unable to qualify for the quarter-finals, with each team losing both of their opening matches to rule themselves out of contention. Ghana and Russia still have a mathematical chance of qualifying, but will need big results and other results to go in their favour if they want to keep their world cup hopes alive.

Tuesday’s competition will be opened by Russia taking on India with Australia facing New Zealand in Pool C. Thanks to Sunday’s 2-0 win over New Zealand, India are back in the running for a place in the quarter-finals. While a draw would be enough for the Jillaroos to qualify, their Oceania rivals New Zealand need a win to keep alive their chances of reaching the top eight. "It might be hard to beat Australia but we have to beat them to have a chance on making the quarter-finals“, said Junior Black Sticks coach Chris Leslie. If the Junior Black Sticks defeat the Jillaroos, India, being on equal points with New Zealand, will have to beat Russia by a big margin for a place in the quarter-finals. Russia are yet to score in this competition having lost their previous two matches 10-0 to New Zealand and 6-0 to Australia.

Pool A sees The Netherlands, Korea and the USA fighting for the quarter-finals. Korea’s convincing 9-0 win over Ghana on Sunday keeps them in the running, but they will face The Netherlands in Tuesday’s match while direct competitors USA will play Ghana. The reigning World Champions are the dominant side in the pool so far, beating Ghana 10-0 and before trouncing USA 5-1. The current tournament top-scorer is Lieke van Wijk, who has scored eight goals in two matches for The Netherlands. If USA defeat Ghana, Korea, who lost their opening match 4-1 to the US, will have to beat The Netherlands to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Argentina, China and South Africa are three teams vying for the top two places in Pool B. On Sunday, South Africa pulled off another last minute equalizer (3-3 versus Argentina) to keep the pool open and hold on to their chance of making the quarter-finals. China’s Gu Bingfeng struck late to secure a 2-1 win over Canada who’s chances are over after suffering their second defeat in this pool. In Tuesday’s third round of matches, Argentina take on China with South Africa playing Canada. The winner of the encounter between the Leoncitas and China will gain direct qualification for the quarter-finals. A draw could also be enough to get through, depending on South Africa’s performance against Canada. “We will try our best to win against Argentina”, said China coach Xu Dong Guo. South Africa definitely need to beat Canada to stay in the race. Canadian coach Ian Rutledge said: “South Africa is a tough opponent but we want to make sure to finish off the pool-play with a win.”   

Pool D sees host nation Germany taking on England with Spain facing Belgium. “If we beat Germany, we will be in the quarter-finals”, said coach Craig Keegan after England’s massive 8-1 win over Belgium on Sunday. Spain held the hosts to a 2-2 draw, while the Germans also need a win in their last pool match to qualify for the top eight. “Our team is young and hungry”, said Germany coach Marc Herbert. If Spain beat Belgium, a draw will be enough for Herbert’s team to get through. Belgium’s Red Cheetahs have lost both their games and cannot reach the quarter-finals of the championship. Germany and Spain are on four points each, England have three points, Belgium zero.


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