It was a decisive day for most of the games on Day 2 at the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Pool D play opened with India’s Lalrindiki’s two goals leading her side to a 5-1 win over Wales, while Germany had a clinical 10-0 win over Malaysia thanks to Aina Kresken’s hat trick. In Pool A play, the USA found their footing through a four-goal performance from Hope Rose to take care of Zimbabwe 5-0, while the Netherlands secured their spot in the Top 8 with a casual 11-0 victory over Canada thanks to a five-goal performance from Jip Dicke. The day closed with England edging Ireland with an exciting 2-1 decision thanks to a brilliant goal from Vicki McCabe.

India v Wales (Pool D)– Potchefstroom, North-West University (RSA)

It was rainy conditions for the opening game of Pool D but Lalrindiki tallied twice in the second half to help India drop Wales 5-1. Millie Holme’s second-quarter goal held the game to 1-1 at half time.

India’s Chaudhary Ishika said after the match: ‘As you can see, the weather is not so good, but it was a good match. We started well. We had a lot of opportunities, so we will be working on our finishing in the D. We have waited for a long time for this tournament, so we’re excited and looking forward!’

Phalke Vaishnavi Vithal’s brilliant pass in the opening minutes cut through the Wales defence to find Kumari Sangita whose shot was deflected by Lalremsiami to give India the game’s opening goal. India came in waves of attack, but keeper Ffion Horrel did well including an important save to deny Kumari Sangita from an open look at goal. Strong work down the left baseline by Millie Walters set up the chance for Holme, who tied the game just before half time.

Lalrindiki made it 2-1 for India when she deflected a pass from captain Tete Salima Khan. Mumtaz punished Welsch defender Ava Dempsey for her blatant turnover to make it 3-2 and it was then that India really started to capitalize. Lalrindiki finished a long-lasting penalty corner play for her second of the game in the 57th minute. Deepika put away a clinical drag flick in the last two minutes of the game to seal the 5-1 victory and give India the first three points in Pool D.

Izzie Howell, captain of Wales, was proud of her team commenting: ‘Very proud of the girls! We fought hard. We’re a brand-new team. We gave it all today. We lacked just a bit of quality going forward, we got a bit tired. We were doing a lot of counter-defending. But if we keep that fight, I’m sure we’re going to beat Malaysia and go against Germany really strong.’

Germany v Malaysia (Pool D) – Potchefstroom, North-West University (RSA)

Germany dominated from start to finish to charge to the top of Pool D after a 10-0 win over Malaysia. Aina Kresken scored three goals in the opening half, while Lilly Stoffelsma had a two-goal performance.

‘We’re very overwhelmed that we had a great start. It was a tough match but we’re very happy. It feels great to score three goals but it’s way more important for me that as a team we played a great match,’ said Germany’s Kresken after the match.

Kresken opened the scoring just six minutes in as she calmly collected and finished a rebound off Siti Nasir’s boot. Almost identical to her first goal, Kresken finished a ball from Verena Neumann to double Germany’s lead. The striker’s third goal came off a far post deflection after a brilliant ball in from Stine Kurz. Germany had seven penalty corners in the first two quarters and Lilly Stoffelsma’s low flick finally capitalized on the final one to make it 4-0 at half time.

Jette Fleschütz and Sara Strauss both scored from in tight to advance Germany 6-0. Stoffelsma tallied the highlight goal of the game as her individual skills into the Malaysian circle opened her up for a brilliant back-hand shot that rippled the top of the net for Germany’s seventh goal. Player of the Match Julie Bleuel found the back of the net off a bouncing strike in the 47th minute and Neumann curled and fired between the legs of Nasir for the game’s ninth goal. Sophia Schwabe’s touch off a bouncing pass from Julia Hemmerle provided the game’s 10th goal and made Germany the first team to reach double digits in the tournament.

Malaysia’s Nor Isahhidun said of her team’s performance: ‘We played against a better team. So, this match is a very, very good experience for us. We’ve learnt how to cope with pressure.’

USA v Zimbabwe (Pool A) – Potchefstroom, North-West University (RSA)

A dominating scoring performance from Hope Rose in the final two quarters propelled the United States a 5-0 over Zimbabwe despite just a 1-0 lead at half time.

USA’s Charlotte de Vries commented after the match: ‘I think this win brings us confidence. We just got the hang of it more today and we’re really excited for our next game against Canada. We didn’t play them at Pan Ams, so we actually don’t know them that well, but I’m excited, I think it’s going to be a good game.’

The United States had several rushes of attack, but the composed Zimbabwe defence made it very challenging. The USA had a series of unconverted penalty corners including a great save by keeper Jenna Mathieson on USA forward Emma Deberdine. Finally, the deadlock broke after Ashley Sessa’s cross was brilliantly deflected out of the air by the stick of Charlotte de Vries in the 23rd minute.

Some quality right-side attack allowed Rose to deflect in a ball from Deberdine to make it 2-0 in the 39th minute. A turnover pass from Zimbabwe defender Gugulethu Sibanda gave the Americans the space for a give-and-go play from Riley Donnelly to Rose for the third goal. Rose thought she tallied her third deflecting a penalty corner delivery from Caroline Ramsey. The ball hit the foot of Sibanda on the line and Rose converted the penalty stroke to indeed complete the hat trick. Ramsey and Rose did connect on the game’s final goal as the clinical penalty corner set piece saw a sliding Rose bury the fifth and final goal of the game.

Despite the loss, Zimbabwe did well to stay more disciplined defensively and Terblanche sisters, Alexi and Natalie, were again their team’s biggest generators of attack while Mathieson continued to anchor them in goal.

‘I think we started off a bit slow. The USA came so hard at us. We lost a little bit of our energy after yesterday’s match but who says we can’t get it back? We’re only at the beginning of the tournament. Against the Netherlands, we will start back from the bottom. Working on basics, working on first touch and go from there,’ commented Alexi Terblanche of Zimbabwe.

Canada v Netherlands (Pool A) – Potchefstroom, North-West University (RSA)

Four goals from Player of the Match Jip Dicke provided another casual victory, this time 11-0 over Canada, for the Netherlands in Pool A play. Luna Fokke continued her dominance from penalty corners and had a hat trick in the match.

Dicke said after the match: ‘We did a really, really good job. Yesterday nine goals, today 11. Very proud of the team. The four goals I scored are the result of the performance of the team. We’re looking forward to the other games.’

Mette Winter opened the scoring in the fifth minute as she collected and fired a ball in from Marleen Jochems down the right side. Josephine Murray’s pass from the right base line was superbly deflected in on the run by Dicke to double the Dutch lead. Fokke’s penalty corner flick made it 3-0, while second-quarter deflections from each of Teuntje de Wit and Tessa Beetsma made it 5-0 at half time.

At the break Netherlands head coach Dave Smolenaars was happy with his side’s performance but when pressed, casually suggested they could improve on their penalty corners. After only converting one-of-seven in the first two quarters, the Dutch heeded their coach’s words almost immediately. Fokke and Dicke each scored off drag flicks on the next two Dutch penalty corners, while Dicke finished on her back hand minutes later to tally her third of the match and the team’s eighth goal. Despite the score continuing to run up Canada’s Allison Kuzyk earned her side their lone penalty corner late in the third quarter. Captain Melanie Scholz’s strike was booked for the stick of yesterday’s goal scorer Stefanie Sajko at the far post, but the ball skipped wide of the post.

In the final quarter Dicke tapped in a pass from Teuntje de Wit to lift the Netherlands up 9-0. Tessa Beetsma curled and buried a ball from close range to send her team in to double-digits, up 10-0 in the 52nd minute. Fokke buried one more penalty corner to make the final tally 11-0.

Canada’s Lonica McKinney said after the match: ‘Playing the Netherlands is a once in a lifetime opportunity! When we started hockey, we watched videos of the Netherlands, how they play and you want to play like that. No matter what the score ends up being, it’s a great experience. Our upcoming match against the USA is a rivalry game. A lot of us play in the States, at universities, so we’re aware of their culture and how they play. It certainly will be an exciting game to watch and to play.’

Ireland v England (Pool B) – Potchefstroom, North-West University RSA)

Vicki McCabe’s spectacular finish in the third quarter was the game-winner that gave England the 2-1 win over Ireland in a feisty and end-to-end match up in Pool B. The game came right down to the final seconds as Ireland tried to claw their way back to tie it up. The England defensive penalty corner unit stood the test to protect the lead.

Player of the Match and England skipper Giglio said after the game: ‘I’m just coming off the adrenaline at the moment. I thought the girls put in 100% of the effort in and that’s all we can ask for. We asked for 100% intensity and 100% focus and that’s what the girls gave today. Credit to Ireland who put up such a good fight today.’

The Irish opening the scoring in just the fourth minute of play. Irish captain Caoimhe Perdue’s low sweep towards goal took a touch off a charging Millie Giglio to lift Ireland up 1-0. Ireland’s Katie-Jane Marshall’s foul on forward Maddie Axford resulted in a penalty stroke, converted by England captain Millie Giglio to level the game 1-1.

In the second quarter England’s Katie Curtis forced Perdue to send the ball off her backline to give England a crucial penalty corner chance. Lorna Mackenzie’s slap towards goal found the stick of Claudia Swain but the ball sailed high over the Irish goal. Ireland had a penalty corner late in the second quarter but the low flick from Anna Horan was easily cleared by Evie Wood, in goal for England. The game remained tied 1-1 at half time.

In the 36th minute, Aoife Taafe earned Ireland a penalty corner after wearing a hard challenge from Mollie Mason outside the English circle. Mackenzie did well defensively charging the initial shot and disrupting the rebound but a re-award was given. Perdue’s shot was again denied by excellent defence while Emily Guckian cleared a ball off the line that hopped over the foot of Wood. England seemed shook by the Irish pressure as minutes after Mason’s green card, Sofia Martin was sent off for two minutes.

Despite the Irish pressure, England had a brilliant counterattack play and Maddie Long’s pass skipped through the Irish midfield. McCabe raced down the field and in a diving finish, buried the ball perfectly on her backhand to give England the much-needed 2-1 lead. The momentum continued to swing back and forth and Giglio set up another chance for England but the strike was well cleared by the boot of keeper Holly Micklem.

Ireland had their chance to tie the game with four penalty corners in the final minutes. Fantastic defence from first runner Giglio and Wood in goal secured England the 2-1 comeback victory and a spot in the Top 8.

“Every time we play England, it’s always an intense and really tough game. We’re so familiar with each other. England were very fortunate and they took their shots to make it. We need to focus on our PC attacks and just linking together a bit better, and I’m sure we’ll come out and will be strong”, said Ireland’s Caoimhe Perdue.

Play resumes tomorrow, 3 April, at North-West University, starting with Pool D’s Malaysia vs Wales and India vs Germany. Pool C also returns after a day break with Austria playing Uruguay followed by Korea vs Argentina.

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FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup South Africa 2021 – 2 April 2022

Potchefstroom, North West University (RSA)

Result: Match 6
India 5, Wales 1
Player of the Match: Tete Salima (IND)
Umpires: Maria Locatelli (ARG), Rebecca Woodcock (ENG), Wanri Venter (RSA-reserve)

Result: Match 7
Germany 10, Malaysia 0
Player of the Match: Jule Bleuel (GER)
Umpires: Alison Keogh (IRL), Lisette Baljon (NED), Victoria Pazos (PAR-reserve)

Result: Match 8
United States 5, Zimbabwe 0
Player of the Match: Hope Rose (USA)
Umpires: Ilaria Amorosini (ITA), Sophie Bockelmann (GER), Ines El Hajem (FRA-reserve)

Result: Match 9
Canada 0, Netherlands 11
Player of the Match: Jip Dicke (NED)
Umpires: Catalina Montesino (CHI), Gema Calderon (ESP), Kim Yoon Seon (KOR-reserve)

Result: Match 10
Ireland 1, England 2
Player of the Match: Millie Giglio (ENG)
Umpires: Celine Martin-Schmets (BEL), Ivona Makar (CRO), Ilaria Amorosini (ITA-reserve)

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