The Homebush Telegraph Day 5

Thursday, September 21, 2000

The Homebush Telegraph Day 5

THE HOMEBUSH TELEGRAPH

THE DAILY FIH NEWSLETTER FROM SYDNEY 2000

Thursday, 21.September 2000

THINGS ARE TAKING SHAPE

Day 5 of the competition

Yesterdays Matches

8.30 W D Germany - China 1:2 (0:1)
10.30 W C Korea - Great Britain 2:2 (1:0)
13.30 M A Netherlands - Canada 5:2 (2:1)
15.30 M A Malaysia - Great Britain 2:2 (0:2)
18.30 W D Netherlands - New Zealand 4:3 (2:1)
20.30. W C Australia - Argentina 3:1 (2:0)

Day 5 saw the German women get into trouble. Before they knew what had happened their goalkeeper Birgit Beyer had to remove the ball from her net. The Chinese team looked in control almost throughout all of the game, netting another penalty corner in the second half. Only in the end did Germany step up the pace again and managed to get a goal back, but one was not enough, and China is now on its own at the top of pool D.

The Korean women took control against GB, who were without their coach Jon Royce today due to a suspension. They were ahead 2:0 with twenty minutes to go, but could not hold on to their lead. The Great British team forced their way back into the game converting a penalty corner, and Mandy Nicholson scored with four minutes remaining to split the points. The Koreans were devastated.

Canada also took the field with one less person, in this case a player. Ian Bird had been given a one match suspension by the Technical Delegate, Eric Donegani. Canada fell behind, but equalised in the first half. With time up, the Dutch were awarded a penalty corner, and Lomans scored. That shook the Canadians a bit, and they kept pressuring the Dutch, who then got another goal. Canada managed to come close again, but then the game went in favour of the Dutch, with Remco van Wijk and Teun de Noijer making sure they took the points.

The Great Britain men's team took on Malaysia , and looked the sure winners for almost the whole game. But ten minutes before the end Malaysia came back, and equalised through Raj Keevan to shatter the British dreams of a semi-final berth.
What followed next was more than curious. The Dutch women had a good lead against New Zealand at 3:1, but also with ten minutes remaining let them back into the game. Kiwi captain, Anna Lawrence, scored the equaliser seven minutes before full time, but the Dutch had the strength to come back, and Fleur van de Kieft secured her side three points with one and a half minutes remaining on the clock.

In the last game of the day, the Australians had some problems in the beginning against Argentina, but then settled in nicely with Jenny Morris and Kate Starre scoring before halftime, Morris missing a penalty stroke saved by Argentine goalkeeper Mariela Antoniska. Australia converted a penalty corner variation in the second half, with Argentina also scoring from a corner.


Names and News

As everybody is aware by now, the security is a big concern at the Olympics. The hockey venue is no exception. President of the Indian Hockey Federation, K. P. Gill, never strolls anywhere unattended. He always has bodyguards following him around. When Australian Prime Minister, John Howard visited a Hockeyroos game the other night, security was tight. People are advised never to leave their bags unattended. Not aware of this is Don Argus, former chief executive of one of Australia's largest banks, who left his bags out in the VIP seating area unattended and set off the security alarm.

The British Men's Hockey team is having a break now. Not having to play for four days, they will take a break in the Hunter Valley, just relaxing, playing golf and taking it easy. According to their coach, Barry Dancer, they want to get away from the hype of the Olympics and focus on that top six placing.

Spectators, guests and officials should keep their eye out on who points them in the direction of their seat. It might be Brian Booth, ex-captain of the Australian Cricket Team, who was captain of the team before Bill Lawry.


Quotes of the day

We lost a dream today. All our ambition and hope went out of the window.

Craig Parnham, Great Britain

We were playing against more than eleven players.

Shiaz Virjee, Canadian Coach

It's too late to start fighting and play your best hockey when you are 2:0 down. You have to play your best hockey at the beginning, not
the end.

Berthi Rauth, German women's coach, after the loss against China

We had funerals before. We were looking for that sort of inspiration.

Dutch women's coach, Tom van't Hek, after the game against New Zealand

Where you beaten by the Chinese Ying or the German Yang today?

Question from FIH media officer Nick Irvine, to German women's Coach Berti Rauth, after their game against China.

Standings after day 5:

Women

Pool C Pool D
1. Australia China
2. Argentina New Zealand
3. Spain Netherlands
4. Korea Germany
5. Great Britain South Africa


Men

Pool A Pool B
1. Netherlands Australia
2. Germany India
3. Pakistan Poland
4. Malaysia Korea
5. Canada Argentina
6. Great Britain Spain


Todays Matches

8.30 M B Korea - India
10.30 M B Argentina - Poland
13.30 M B Spain - Australia
15.30 M A Germany - Pakistan
18.30 W D New Zealand - South Africa
20.30. W C Argentina - Spain

ends