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South Africa claim top honours at
the 9th Women's World Cup Qualifier
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???? After playing to a 2-2 draw in regulation time and a scoreless tie in extra time, South Africa defeated New Zealand 4-2 in the penalty stroke competition to claim the title at the 9th Women's World Cup Qualifier held 1-12 August in Harare, Zimbabwe. But well before South Africa earned the cham- pionship - icing on the cake as they say - six teams had accom-plished their primary goal of qualifying for the 1998 Wo-men's World Cup.

South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, India, England and China had guaranteed them-selves a top six finish and thus advance to the Women's World Cup, 20-31 May 1998 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. They join the teams already quali-fied, Argentina, Australia, Ger-many, Korea, Netherlands and USA.

The pools for the Women's World Cup were announced by the FIH in late September, and it is expected that the final match schedule for both the men's and women's World Cups will be announced by the Dutch Hockey Association on 17th November in Utrecht.

At the completion of pool play in Harare, four teams -- South Africa, India, New Zealand and Scotland - had already quali-fied for the 1998 World Cup by virtue of their top two pool finish. With six teams from the Qualifier advancing to the World Cup, it was the 5th vs. 6th classification matches that became crucial. England was to take on Russia and China to face Ireland with the winners claiming the final two World Cup slots. England defeated Russia, 2-1, and China downed Ireland, 3-0.

On the tournament's final day, penalty stroke competitions were required in three of the four matches, indicating just how closely the teams were matched. In the 3rd-4th play-off, Scotland and India played to a 1-1 draw in regulation, and neither team could break the tie in extra time. Scotland won, 3-1, on penalty strokes. In the 5th-6th playoff, England won the match on penalty strokes, 2-0, after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation time. And in the 7th-8th playoff, Russia downed Ireland 4-2. In other action, Canada defeated Zimbabwe, 5-0, to secure 11th place and Spain defeated Japan, 4-0, to finish in 9th place.

The top six finishers from the Women's World Cup Qualifier advance to compete in the 1998 Women's World Cup, 20-31 May, in Utrecht, Netherlands. The final ranking for the tour-nament is as follows:

  1. South Africa
  2. New Zealand
  3. Scotland
  4. India
  5. England
  6. China
  7. Russia
  8. Ireland
  9. Spain
  10. Japan
  11. Canada
  12. Zimbabwe

Results

Friday 1 August

14h30

Pool A

India

1

Ireland

0

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16h30

Pool A

England

1

Canada

1

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18h30

Pool B

China

2

New Zealand

2

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20h30

Pool A

Japan

1

South Africa

6

Saturday 2 August

14h00

Pool B

Spain

1

Russia

1

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16h00

Pool B

Scotland

9

Zimbabwe

0

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18h00

Pool A

India

0

England

1

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20h00

Pool A

South Africa

3

Ireland

0

Sunday 3 August

14h00

Pool A

Canada

2

Japan

4

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16h00

Pool B

Zimbabwe

0

China

1

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18h00

Pool B

Russia

1

Scotland

0

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20h00

Pool B

Spain

1

New Zealand

2

Monday 4 August

16h00

Pool A

Canada

1

South Africa

4

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18h00

Pool A

Japan

2

India

3

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20h00

Pool A

England

3

Ireland

1

Tuesday 5 August

16h00

Pool B

Scotland

1

New Zealand

1

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18h00

Pool B

Spain

1

China

1

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20h00

Pool B

Zimbabwe

0

Russia

8

Wednesday 6 Aug.

14h00

Pool A

South Africa

3

India

0

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16h00

Pool A

Ireland

1

Canada

1

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18h00

Pool A

Japan

1

England

1

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20h00

Pool B

Scotland

3

Spain

0

Thursday 7 August

14h00

Pool B

New Zealand

10

Zimbabwe

0

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16h00

Pool B

Russia

0

China

2

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18h00

Pool A

England

4

South Africa

4

?

20h00

Pool A

India

3

Canada

0

Friday 8 August

14h00

Pool A

Ireland

3

Japan

2

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16h00

Pool B

Zimbabwe

0

Spain

4

?

18h00

Pool B

New Zealand

5

Russia

2

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20h00

Pool B

China

0

Scotland

1

Saturday 9 August

Rest Day

Final Pool Standings:

Pool A: 1. South Africa; 2. India; 3. England; 4. Ireland; 5. Japan; 6. Canada.

Pool B: 1. New Zealand; 2. Scotland; 3. China; 4. Russia; 5. Spain; 6. Zimbabwe.

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Classification matches

Sunday 10 August:

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Spain

3

Canada

2

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Zimbabwe

2

Japan

5

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England

2

Russia

1

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Ireland

0

China

3

Monday 11 August:

11th/12th

Canada

5

Zimbabwe

0

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9th/10th

Japan

0

Spain

4

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South Africa

2

Scotland

1

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India

1

New Zealand

2

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(after extra time)

Tuesday 12 August:

7th/8th

Ireland

2

Russia

4

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5th/6th

England

1

China

1

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(England wins 2-0 on penalty strokes)

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3rd/4th

Scotland

1

India

1

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(Scotland wins 3-1 on penalty strokes)

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1st/2nd

South Africa

2

New Zealand

2

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(South Africa wins 4-2 on penalty strokes)