The Homebush Telegraph Day 13
THE HOMEBUSH TELEGRAPH
THE DAILY FIH NEWSLETTER FROM SYDNEY 2000
Friday, 29.September 2000
KOREA MAKES HISTORY AND THE DUTCH RISE FROM THE DEAD
Day 12 of the competition
0900 hrs M Great Britain - India 2:1 (1:1)
1130 hrs M Germany - Argentina 6:2 (0:2)
1400 hrs SFM Pakistan - Korea 0:1 (0:0)
1730 hrs Canada - Poland 3:2 (0:1)
2000 hrs SFM Netherlands - Australia 0:0(0:0), 0:0, 5:4 after penalty stroke competition
Finally it was semi-final day. But first thing in the morning, Great Britain was fighting for a place in the Champion's Trophy tornament with former superpower India, who showed it is on its way of returning to glory. India scored first with a penalty corner that was deflected into the net. Craig Parnham replied, and it was again Calum Giles that made sure that Great Britain would be again in the Champion's Trophy. His corner flick in the 46th minute decided the game.
Argentina seemed to shock the Germans some more. Jorge Lombi was out there doing what he does best. Within two minutes he had put Argentina 2:0 ahead, though Germany probably had had the better of the match. Paul Lisseks boys stayed cool, calm and collected, and even though they went to the dressing room two goals down they completely turned the match around in the second half, scoring six.
The first semi-final saw Asia Cup champion Korea face runners up Pakistan. Korea was the team that started strong, but then
Pakistan got the upper hand, winning several penalty corners. But Korea had prepared well, and according to coach Kim Sang Ryul had prepared as many as four players to take Abbas' shots on the body. Jung Woo Lim was the first casualty, but Korea did not concede a corner goal. Instead, they scored one, Seung Tae Song being the man to put it in the net.
Poland and Canada in their cross-over played an open game. Poland went ahead before halftime, and then it took Canada not long to be one up in the second half. Poland equalised again, but Canada's Ian Bird scored a penalty stroke to secure a place in the 9th/10th play-off.
And then the Australians, like every four years, wanted to shake off the jinx that has stuck with them so long, the reputation that they never go past a semi-final. They seemed to be in control most of the first half, but then the Dutch took over and put pressure on them in the second half. Neither team scored, and the game went to sudden death, Australia being one man down as Brent Livermore was in the sin bin. But they survived. After sudden death there was still no score. The game had got quite rough in patches, and Australia survived its time with one man down. The game was taken to penalty strokes, with the Netherlands starting to take the shots, Australia in goal. Everyone converted convincingly till it was time for the last man of each team. Australian keeper Damon Diletti almost saved Marten Eikelboom's shot, but it just rolled across the line. Then Brent Livermore was the last one to take the stroke for Australia. However, Jansen saved his shot, ensuring the Netherlands a chance to defend their title.
The 28 year old Argentine captain Jorge Lombi has shot himself to the top of the scorer list, putting away both set plays and open play shots. The Argentine right winger at first did not think that his side was going to be at the Olympics when they failed to qualify in Osaka. But with the situation in south Africa they knew there was hope. Lombi, who has played hockey for 21 years, was chosen in the world XI last year when they played a match in Egypt, but could not attend. For him, being at the Olympics is a dream come true, and Argentina's good performance he puts down to their joy of playing and the love of playing. He is really exited about playing here, and some of his goals are quite spectacular. He can't quite explain how he does it, but it certainly has increased the excitement of the hockey here. "We thought we could be quite good, " Lombi says. "And when we score, we celebrate."
Names and News
Here is some hockey trivia for you. Guess who was apprehended by the police yesterday for the same offence that he had been apprehended twelve years ago at an Olympics? This individual, a former manager of the Canadian Team, has once again been trying to sell a hockey ticket for the final at face value, and was taken away by police and had his picture taken yesterday. The person was "King of Fiji", Victor Warren, these days popularily known as the "King of Fiji".
The FIH flag that has accompanied the Olympic athletes when being questioned has been stolen from the press conference room. At the moment the organisers do not have any idea how it could have got lost but have filed a report with the police.
11.30 M 7/8 India - Argentina
14.00 M 5/6 Great Britain - Germany
17.30 W 3/4 Netherlands - Spain
20.00 W 1 / 2 Australia - Argentina
Quotes of the day
The Hunter Valley provided us with an environment to lick our wounds. We talked about what it takes to be a winning hockey player in an Olympic Tournament.
Barry Dancer, Great Britain coach, answering the question of what they did in the Hunter Valley to play the way they are playing now
India is good at dribbling. We are much more skilful than our counterparts.
I think we're almost there.
Baljit Singh, answering the question how far the return of the glory days of Indian hockey is.
Yesterday, we trained penalty corner defence for one hour. We knew if we would give them a chance we would not have a chance.
I prepared four players to run. If they got injured there would always be another one.
Kim Sang Ryul, Korean coach, on the rather unusual Korean penalty corner defence
Maybe. I did not make a call to Korea so I don't know.
Kim Sang Ryul on the question whether the result went down as something big in Korea
We lost one game in this competition, and we are out of the final.
Pakistan manager, Islahuddin
It is a crazy tournament. I do feel that holland is a country that deserves to play in the final four.
Maurits Hendriks, Dutch coach
The record with the Dutch team at a penalty shoot-out has been a losing one for 10-12 years.
It was the other way round. We had the keepers working with the psychologists.
Maurits Hendriks, on what work they did
How do I feel? Can you give me a beer or something?
Dutch captain, Stephan Veen on the obvious question
I think we did as well as we could have done. It is just a bad way to go, losing 5-4 at a penalty shoot-out.
Terry Walsh, Australian coach
Any team. There is no choice.
Ishlah on the question what team he would prefer to play in the bronze medal match