Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

NZL V BEL ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

1 - 1

Match Review NZL - BEL 1-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
BEL 48 27 BOON Tom FG 0 - 1
NZL 54 32 WILSON Nick FG 1 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NZL 26 12 SHAW Bradley G
NZL 27 31 EDWARDS Steve Y
BEL 67 12 BOCCARD Gauthier Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 VAN EERT Roel
Umpire 2 MONTES DE OCA German
Reserve Umpire PRASAD Raghu
Judge 1 CORNOFSKY Larry
Judge 2 BRACA Guido
Technical Officer QUAYE KUMAN Nii

New Zealand and Belgium kept the crowd well entertained with end-to-end attacking hockey but could only produce one goal each.

Belgium were the faster in action and Kyle Pontifex in goal for New Zealand was called three times into action in the opening minutes. New Zealand managed to weather the initial storm, including on a penalty-corner, and play soon became more balanced. Belgium had a few more dangerous chances and Pontifex was the busiest player on the pitch.

Play remained fast and entertaining for the whole first period, with chances at both ends. Belgium had a powerful push in the last ten minutes of the period and New Zealand were clearly back on their heels. They were at a point down to 9 players on the pitch after two green cards, and Belgium peppered the goal with shots, but Pontifex once again kept the Black Sticks afloat with some steady saves.

The same pattern resumed in second period, Pontifex having to make a save in the opening minute. The end-to-end action was keeping the crowd roaring, but it is only in the 50th minute that the Belgian fans could cheer in earnest, when Tom Boon was at the conclusion of a series of quick passes in the circle to lift the ball over the Black Sticks’ goalkeeper. Belgium could have increased the score soon after on a penalty-corner but Jerome Dekeyser’s flick was not powerful enough.

New Zealand came back in the match soon after by Nicholas Wilson after a strong solitary progression on the back line, and it was back to square one for the two teams. Both teams played for the win and action was fast and furious until the end, but the defense did not flinch.

With rain starting to pour on the Riverbank Arena, New Zealand had a last chance in the final minute but Andrew Hayward’s flick hit the post and the teams had to share the points of the contest, leaving them both with one win, one draw and two losses in the standings.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 19
  • Date Sun, 5 Aug 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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