Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

NED V JPN ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

3 - 2

Match Review NED - JPN 3-2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NED 4 23 LAMMERS Kim FG 1 - 0
NED 30 19 HOOG Ellen FG 2 - 0
NED 43 23 LAMMERS Kim FG 3 - 0
JPN 45 10 KOMAZAWA Rika FG 3 - 1
JPN 53 9 MITSUHASHI Aki PC 3 - 2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NED 11 17 PAUMEN Maartje G
NED 45 19 HOOG Ellen Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 KANG Hyun Young
Umpire 2 PRESENQUI Irene
Reserve Umpire IPARRAGUIRRE Soledad
Judge 1 BUCKLEY Peri
Judge 2 SHIN Jung Hee
Technical Officer ELLIS Janet

First match of the second day of women’s Olympic competition was between defending Olympic Champions The Netherlands, first in the FIH World Rankings, and Japan. The Netherlands opened their 2012 Olympic campaign with a win over Belgium (3-0) while Japan, ranked 9th in the world, suffered a severe defeat against host Great Britain (0-4).

The Dutch women were fast of the blocks in the chilly and rainy early morning, and Kim Lammers had a first chance within the first minute of play. She was on target soon after, receiving in front of the empty net a pass from Kitty van Male who had run through the whole Japanese defense on the right of the circle. Lammers could have added a similar goal a few minutes later, but the ball just eluded her stick after a spectacular dive.

The steady rain was affecting the pace of play and half way through the period the Japanese took advantage of some unusual unforced errors from the Dutch defense to create dangerous situations in the circle. They earned a penalty-corner that they failed to control, then The Netherlands progressively settled their game and took control of play. Ellen Hoog added a second goal after an outstanding move to eliminate two defenders and slam a reverse shot that surprised Sakiyo Asano in the Japanese goal.

Second period resumed in the same unspectacular way. The crowd bundled up in colorful ponchos were finally given an opportunity to cheer when Kim Lammers scored her second goal of the day (her fourth of the tournament) from a golden pass by Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel after a decisive run on the backline. Japan scored their first goal of the Olympic competition soon after by Rika Komazawa, on hand at the far post to deflect a cross that had eluded all the defenders. They immediately added a second goal on a penalty-corner, Aki Mitsuhashi deflecting the ball from close range above Joyce Sombroek in the Dutch goal.

With 15 minutes to go, the match did not seem a formality any more for the defending Olympic Champions, and the Japanese and Dutch fans became more vocal to push the teams. Lidewij Welten nearly added a fourth goal after a powerful run through the Japanese defense but saw her shot rebound on the post. The end of match was tense and passionate, with the Japanese pushing desperately for the equalizer and the Dutch using all their experience to keep them at bay and protect their narrow lead until the final hooter.

The Netherlands grab their second win of the competition, but surely will not be satisfied with their lacklustre performance of the day.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 7
  • Date Tue, 31 Jul 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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