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Netherland’s women win by 10 and win pool A

[img_assist|nid=8244|title=Rabobank World League semi final|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=150|height=150]Quarterfinal Games:
New Zealand vs. Japan – 12:30
Germany vs. Chile – 14:30
Korea vs. Belgium – 17:00
Netherlands vs. India – 20:00 

GROUP A

The Netherlands – Chile 10-0 (7-0 Halftime)

The Netherlands women have emerged as the winners of Pool A at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final thanks to an emphatic 10-0 victory over Chile. The double Olympic champions were in sparkling form, with Maartje Paumen (3), Sabine Mol (2), Ellen Hoog (2), Kelly Jonker (2) and Eva de Goede getting the goals in the first ever meeting between the two sides.

The result completed the Pool phase of the women’s competition, meaning that the Quarter Final line-up is now confirmed. New Zealand (2nd Pool B) face Japan (3rdPool A), Germany (1st Pool B) play Chile (4th Pool A), Korea (2nd Pool A) battle Belgium (3rd Pool B), and Netherlands (1st Pool A) meet India (4th Pool B). These matches take place on Tuesday June 18th.

The Netherlands started the match on the front foot, pushing their South American opponents deep into their own half and creating a host of good goal-scoring opportunities before the inevitable opener arrived. Sabine Mol was the scorer of the goal, firing home from close range in the tenth minute following a high quality attacking move. That strike opened the floodgates, with the home favourites moving the score from 1-0 to 6-0 in an electrifying 13 minute spell. Eva de Goede sent a rocket of a penalty corner high into the net before Maartje Paumen got in on the act from the penalty spot. Sabine Mol made it 4-0 with a truly sensational reverse stick shot with Paumen completing a first half hat-trick with two terrific penalty corner drag flicks.

The London 2012 Olympic Gold medallists and current world number 1 ranked team were in mesmerising form, delighting the home fans with wave after wave of devastating attacking hockey. They managed to add a seventh ahead of half time thanks to Ellen Hoog, who passed the ball into an open net after Kelly Jonker stole possession from a Chilean defender.

Despite trailing by a large margin, the Chilean team came out for the second half with their heads held high and won their first penalty corner of the match in the 45thminute. However, Netherlands replacement keeper Larissa Meijer produced a smart save to deny Chile a goal against the best team in the world. At the other end, Chile goalkeeper Claudia Schuler produced a number of outstanding saves to deny the Dutch dazzlers, the most memorable of which came from a terrific block from a Paumen penalty corner. Eventually though, more goals arrived when Ellen Hoog thumped home a blistering finish before Kelly Jonker added a quick-fire brace to complete the 10-0 score-line. 

Japan – Korea 3-4 (3-1 halftime)

Korea staged a monumental comeback, scoring four unanswered goals to earn a 4-3 win against Japan. 

Early on, Japan absolutely owned the game. They scored three goals in a 10 minute span to claim the commanding 3-0 lead. MiYuku Nakagawa deflected in the 1-0 goal in the 15th minute and Japan continued to swarm the Korean net after the marker. A penalty corner goal by captain Rika Komazawa doubled the lead eight minutes later and before the Korean’s had a chance to regroup, Japan marched right back down the field and put in the 3-0 goal.

But like Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities ‘it was the best of times, it was the worse of times,’ and the best of times quickly came to end for Japan as Korea sparked to life.Sun Su Oh sparked the comeback with five minutes left in the first half when a perfectly executed penalty corner deflection left her with a wide open net to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half belonged to Korea as they continued to patiently chip away at the Japan lead. Mi Hyun Park put in her team’s second penalty corner goal five minutes into the half to pull Korea to within one. Goalkeeper interference led to a penalty stroke chance for Korea 12 minutes later which Young Ran Kim easily fired into the net to knot the game at three.

Japan was clearly tense and rattled by the Korean comeback and played very tentatively after the equalizer and it seemed merely to be a matter of time before Korea would strike again. And sure enough, with just over two minutes left on the clock, Korea was awarded a penalty corner. Hyo Ju An did the honors for Korea, giving them their first lead of the game with 1:30 remaining in the game, finishing the amazing comeback and giving Korea the key three points on the last day of round robin action.

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