German Hockey teams march on
08 Feb 2003 10:53
Indoor World Cup Leipzig Day 3.
Bill Colwill, The Independent, London.
Germany, odds on favourites to take a double Gold in the inaugural Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, will face France in both the men’s and women’s semi finals with Switzerland playing Poland in the second men’s game and the Dutch women against the Czech Republic.
The Dutch women secured their semi final berth with a 4-2 win against France to spoil the French 100% record in a game in which the Dutch were always in the driving seat after Marieke Dijkstra had given them a second minute lead. The Germans’ game against Trinidad and Tobago was a no contest. The Germans ran up a 8-0 interval lead. A surprising decision from their coach Peter Lemmen in replacing his goalkeeper with a kicking defender allowed the delightful Trinidad and Tobago team to pull a couple of goals back before the Germans, back to a normal formation, moved ahead again for a final 19-2 result with Natascha Keller scoring eight times. The Germans then beat the Pool runner ups Czech Republic 12-0 with Keller taking her total to 21 in the five games.
The women’s Pool games ended with Belarus winning 12-1 against Trinidad, thanks to hat tricks from Volha Shyntar and Yuia Laptsevich, moved into third place.
Poland maintained their maximum points record with a 6-2 win against South Africa and with it semi final qualification having survived a scare when Stuart Gower-Jackson gave South Africa a 10th minute lead.
Their record went in a dramatic game against the French who needed at least a draw to take a semi final place ahead of the Dutch. France, with a last minute goal from Frederic Soyez, his fourth of the game, edged home 5-4 winners.
The Dutch men had kept alive their semi final hopes with an overtime goal from Roderik Weusthof, his fourth of the game, to edge past the Australians 5-4. The Australians could later have been on the opposite end of a similar situation in their game against South Africa. The Australians had come from behind with two goals from Mark Harris to draw level at 4-4 and then squandered two corner chances in overtime to beat the Springboks.
The Germans finished off their Pool campaign with a 11-4 win against Canada. The Canadians having open the scoring in the second minute were then quickly 3-1 down when they introduced an interesting ploy. Goalkeeper Hari Kant was replaced after six minutes with a kicking defender Robin D’Abreo. The impact was instant as Wesley DeSouza pulled a goal back. However without a goalkeeper the Canadians were unable to hold the German onslaught, going 5-2 behind before, with a couple minutes of the half remaining, Kant was recalled. The Canadians conceded two further goals at the beginning of the second half with their goalkeeper missing before returning to normal going on to lose a well contested game.