The Homebush Telegraph Day 6

Friday, September 22, 2000

The Homebush Telegraph Day 6

THE HOMEBUSH TELEGRAPH

THE DAILY FIH NEWSLETTER FROM SYDNEY

Friday, 22. September 2000

IT IS CRUNCHTIME

Day 6 of the competition


Today's matches

8.30 M B Korea - India 2:0 (1:0)
10.30 M B Argentina - Poland 5:5 (2:1)
13.30 M B Spain - Australia 2:2 (1:1)
15.30 M A Germany - Pakistan 1:1 (1:1)
18.30 W D New Zealand - S Africa 1:0 (0:0)
20.30. W C Argentina - Spain 0:1 (0:0)

Korea had no trouble in controlling India in a game of high tempo. They scored in both halves to preserve their chances of a semi-final berth.

The Argentine men went ahead 2:0 against Poland, and conceded the first Polish goal just before halftime. Both teams were on the pitch playing their heart out and the spectators loved it. The game ended in a 5-all draw, with Poland equalising and then going ahead first, then Argentina doing the same only to be caught three minutes before the final whistle by a goal from Rafal Grotowski. Jorge Lombi had scored four for Argentina.

Spain and Australia's men had a game that nobody wanted to lose, Spain to keep their chances alive, and Australia to all but secure a semi-final position in that pool by winning. But the game ended in a draw.

Germany's Oliver Domke put in a sensational goal to put his side ahead, but the German team had to bow to the mighty Sohail Abbas when he equalised with a beautiful corner flick.

While the men are playing not to lose it is a completely different situation in the women's competition now. Several teams have still prospects to go to the medal pool - but they need to win to do that. New Zealand took its chances with a goal from Mandy Smith to beat South Africa 1:0, an earlier 'goal' being ruled out because the umpires ruled nobody got a touch. South Africa tried hard but could not convert any of its eight penalty corners.

Spain beat Argentina in the last fixture of the day with a goal from Erdoitza Goikoetxea, and made sure they are going to the medal pool.


POOLS AND RANKINGS

Pool A P W D L F A D P
1. Netherlands 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7
2. Germany 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 7
3. Pakistan 3 1 2 0 11 4 7 5
4. Malaysia 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
5. Canada 3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 1
6. Great Britain 3 0 1 2 5 14 -9 1

Pool B P W D L F A D P

1. Australia 3 1 2 0 8 4 4 5
2. Korea 3 1 2 0 5 3 2 5
3. India 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4
4. Poland 3 1 1 1 9 10 -1 4
5. Argentina 3 0 2 1 7 10 -3 2
6. Spain 3 0 2 1 4 7 -3 2

Women Pool C

1. Australia 3 2 1 0 6 3 3 7
2. Argentina 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
3. Spain 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
4. Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
5. Great Britain 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Pool D
1. New Zealand 4 2 1 1 7 5 2 7
2. China 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3. Netherlands 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
4. Germany 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
5. South Africa 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Names and News

The late night games of the hockey are being played under floodlight. And sure enough, every evening thousands of moths and flying insects are there to join the spectators in the crowd, and the media on their notes and all sorts of other places. Comments hockey writer Michelangelo Rucci of Newslimited: "I just opened my wallet."


Faraway - so close

The stands at the hockey stadium are during the games occupied by coaches taking notes and watching the opposition teams. A pair that has exchanged thoughts on coaching can often be found sitting together in the stand: Korea's Kim Sang Ryul, and Germany's Paul Lissek. They form a "beautiful friendship". But there are other interesting relations there: Marc Lammers, former assistant coach for the Dutch women, and their next coach, can these days be found on the Spanish bench. Barry Dancer, formerly working as the Australian U 21 coach for a long time is now with Great Britain men. Chris Spice, who was actually the assistant coach to Ric Charlesworth is on the GB bench while coach Jon Royce watches from up in the stands .
Strong family ties in the Polish side: Jerzy Wyberalski, who played for Poland in the 1980 Olympics, has his nephews Krzystof and Lukasz playing in the side.

Not only former GB internationals Karen Brown and Sean Kerly can be found in the broadcasting media stand, but also former Australian women's captain Sharon Buchanan. Sharon, who retired from international hockey in 1993 after her side won the Champion's Trophy in Amstelveen/Holland following a disappointing performance at the Barcelona Olympics were Australia failed to qualify for a semi-final position. Sharon was the captain of the 1988 gold medal winning side in Seoul. What the television viewers cannot see is that Sharon is seven months pregnant, and looking forward to having a baby with new husband Philip Reid, himself a hockey player. She moved from her home state Western Australia and is now living with him in Queensland. She says she does not miss playing, but enjoys commentating.


Todays Matches

13.30 pm W D Netherlands - Germany
15.30 pm W C Australia - Korea
18.30 pm W D China - South Africa
20.30 pm W C Great Britain - Spain


Quotes of the day

I learnt coaching in India.

Korean manager, Kim Sang Ryul, after the Korean game against India.

The group of death.

Michelangelo Rucci, Newslimited, commenting on the situation in pool B which could see four teams finishing with four points.

Three Asian teams could make the semi-final. It is only Malaysia who is spoiling the party.

Sandeep Nakai, Indian Hockey Writer

Wonder why they never have a Korean in the 100m final.

Comment on the hard-running Koreans

Well, it is obvious why they do not have anyone in the hurdles.

Two minutes later, when Seung Tae Song had fallen over the barrier.

It was a great game for the spectators, but not for the coches.

Jerzy Wieberalski of Poland, and Jorge Ruiz of Argentina, at a joint press conference describing their game

It seems so unfair.

Argentine player Vanina Oneto, in tears after her team's game against Spain which will see them go through to the medal pool without points, even though they lost against Australia and beating GB and Korea who missed the cut

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