The Homebush Telegraph Day 11

Wednesday, September 27, 2000

The Homebush Telegraph Day 11

THE HOMEBUSH TELEGRAPH

THE DAILY FIH NEWSLETTER FROM SYDNEY

Wednesday, 27. September 2000

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Day 11 of the competition

Yesterday's matches:

10.30 hrs MA Malaysia - Canada 1:1 (0:1)
13.30 hrs MB Australia - Korea 2:1 (1:1)
15.30 hrs MA Netherlands-Pakistan0:2 (0:1)
18.30 hrs MA Germany-Gt Britain 1:2 (0:0)
20.30 hrs MB Poland - India 1:1 (0:0)

The day held yet more surprises, pain for some and delight for others. Only two teams reached the semi-finals with their own doing, the other two took advantage of the crazy situation and slipped in when everyone and mostly themselves thought the door had already closed. It was as bad as this: After the third fixture of the day there was doubt whether the defending Olympic Champions would be able to defend their title. It did not look like it.

In the morning match, Canada had still a score to settle with Malaysia, and things looked well on the way when Canada was awarded a penalty stroke that Peter Milkovich converted at the end of the first half. But Anwar Chairil equalised with eleven minutes to go.

Korea opened the scoring against the hosts with a wonderful goal by Seung Tae Song. The rematch of the final of last year's Champion's Trophy in Brisbane was a fast game in which the Australians were under pressure at first. Only in the second half could they get back, Craig Victory converting a corner to equalise on the hooter. In the second half, the Kookaburras had slight advantages, and netted another penalty corner through Jay Stacy. The hosts were thus the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

What followed next was as coach Maurits Hendrik put it "one of those games". Holland created chance after chance, but mistrapped almost every corner, and 100% chances were put beside the goal. Abbas scored from a corner in the middle of the first half, and in the second half the Dutch came back strongly. But none of the chances would go in, the best one probably by Marten Eikelboom when he faced an open goal from a distance of 2 metres and flicked the ball over the top. Three minutes before the end Pakistan left no more doubt who would be the first one out of pool A in the semi-final, to the disbelief of almost everyone in the stadium. After the whistle, the Pakistani team fell to their knees and thanked Allah for their luck.

All Germany had to do was to draw with Great Britain to secure a semi-final spot. They started well, had the game under control and put a goal in just after halftime. Britain immediately equalised, and then all it took was Calum Giles five minutes on the pitch and one corner to take the game, with Germany hitting post twice. The defending Champion Holland had made it to the semi-final after all.

India also had matters in their own hands. But though they went ahead 17 minutes before the end, Poland achieved the impossible and equalised with one minute to go. The Korean coaches in the stand were jubilant.

Final Pool Rankings Pool A

1. Pakistan 5 2 3 0 15 6 9 9
2. Netherlands 5 2 2 1 11 8 3 8
3. Germany 5 2 2 1 7 6 1 8
4. Great Britain 5 1 2 2 8 16 -8 5
5. Malaysia 5 0 4 1 5 6 -1 4
6. Canada 5 0 3 2 7 11 -4 3

Pool B

1. Australia 5 3 2 0 12 6 6 11
2. Korea 5 2 2 1 9 7 2 8
3. India 5 2 2 1 9 7 2 8
4. Argentina 5 1 2 2 13 13 0 5
5. Poland 5 1 2 2 12 14 -2 5
6. Spain 5 0 2 3 7 15 -8 2


An Athlete

He got injured in the game against Australia at the Champion's Trophy. With ten minutes left, the player with shirt number eight got hit by Jay Stacy's stick and broke his kneecap. It looked as if his fourth Olympics could be jeopardised. But he fought back knowing that if he would not be fully fit he would be out. of the Olympic squad. For a long time he was only running, and not playing hockey. During the Panasonic Cup in Hamburg in August he was on the pitch running and hitting balls but still not in the squad playing. And yet he is back, having made it to Sydney, knowing that no team has won back to back gold medals since 1952. The wholesaler in sports products thought before the tournament started that his team is not the number one in the world anymore, particularily because they did not have a good year in 1999. His more than 330 caps are a record - and in a country like Holland that even means more. At 33, he is still hungry for more, but knows Holland is the team to beat for everyone now and it will be difficult to achieve his dream. Brinkman wants to finish his career like team mates Ronald Jansen, Stephan Veen and Wouter van Pelt on a high note.

Names and News

The spectators interest in the hockey has been absolutely fantastic. There are numerous hockey enthusiasts in the crowd but also people that have not seen the game for a long time or never live. When asking these people how hockey had changed in their opinion, they really thought that the no offside was a good idea. "It is a fast exciting game, I used to play myself way back. Haven't plaed for years but I absolutely love the game."

Todays Matches

0830 hrs W 9/10 South Africa - Korea
1030 hrs WMP Spain - Netherlands
1330 hrs W 7/8 G Britain - Germany
1530 hrs WMP Argentina - N Zealand
1830 hrs WMP Australia - China
2030 M C Malaysia -Spain


Quotes of the day


Well, apparantly it was one of those days.

Maurits Hendriks, Dutch coach, after the game against Pakistan

When you're on top of the mountain, subconsciously you get scared of falling off.

Maurits Hendriks, on his teams ranking in the world and the Dutch performance in the tournament

We knew if we do not go all out against the Dutch we're out of the tournament.

Pakistan manager, Islahuddin after their semi-final qualification

I hope that I will see you after the semi-final. If your team is not playing please pray for us.

Islahuddin

It takes a lot to win a match at the Olympics. There was a huge amount of enjoyment and pride in that tonight.
John Wyatt, Great Britain's captain, after the match against Germany

When we came to the Olympics we thought it would be like a rollercoaster ride. The best bit is when you are at the bottom and you go up again.

John Wyatt, as above

It seemed to be too easy.

Paul Lissek, German coach, after the game against Great Britain

We were almost there..

Baljit Singh

Nobody said anything to anybody.

Baljit Singh when asked to reveal what they said in the dressing room

ends