HWL2015 Antwerp (W): Looking back … and ahead
With the quarter-finals of the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals getting underway on Tuesday (30th June), we look back at what has happened so far as well as look forward to the business end of a colourful and action-packed competition in Antwerp.
Women: Oranje & Black Sticks prove class
Looking back: The pools were dominated by two runaway winners, with reigning World, Olympic and HWL champions the Netherlands proving themselves to hot to handle in Pool A while New Zealand blitzed all challengers in Pool B. Both sides claimed four wins from four, with the Black Sticks keeping four clean sheets while Oranje conceded just once. Dutch ace Maartje Paumen has been in sensational form bagging eight goals while New Zealand’s Gemma Flynn has seven. However, the scorers charts are currently being lead by Australia’s Jodie Kenny, who has found the net nine times so far at this event. All three players are absolutely at the top of their game and likely to have a big say in what happens in the quarter-final phase.
…and ahead: Tuesday’s quarter-final matches get started at 13:00 (CEST) with Australia (2nd Pool B) going head-to-head with Italy (3rd Pool A). Australia will start the match as favourites, but Italy have only lost once in four matches here in Antwerp and will be fired up to take a major scalp as their quest for a ticket to the HWL Final and Rio 2016 Olympics continues. At 15:30, the Black Sticks (1st Pool A) are expecting a stern challenge from Japan’s Cherry Blossoms (4th Pool A), while a lively-looking India (4th Pool B) will be aiming to cause the shock of the event when they take on the Netherlands (1st Pool A) at 1800. At 20:30, the home fans will flock to watch their beloved Red Panthers (3rd Pool B) take on Korea (2nd Pool A). The Koreans have already secured their Olympic ticket by winning Gold at the 2014 Asian Games, but are targeting a top four finish in Antwerp in order to qualify for the prestigious HWL Final in Argentina at the end of the year. It promises to be another fascinating day of world class action from the Hockey World League.
More details about the men’s and women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals including match highlights, imagery, scheduling as well as all information can be found right here on .
To see an infographic explaining the qualification process for the women's HWL Finals, .
To see an infographic explaining the qualification process for the women's competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, .