South Africa will be disappointed following their 1-0 loss to hosts Chile on on Day 1 of the FIH Hockey Junior Women’s World Cup 2023, coming out on the wrong side of a day featuring mixed results with three one-sided matches and three edge-of-the-seat thrillers, in Santiago, on Wednesday, 29 November, 2023.
Hosts Chile made no mistake in front of delighted crowds at the Centro Deportivo de Hockey Césped, Estadio Nacional, in the Ñuñoa Metropolitan Region of Santiago, when Josefina Gutierrez scored from open play at the close of the second quarter,
The first quarter had seen tight action between Chile and South Africa, with no cards or short corners in an otherwise uninterrupted contested passage of open play, but thing turned in the hosts’ favour in the second quarter, when the Chileans secured four penalty corners, going into half time with the 1-0 lead courtesy Gutierrez.
The third quarter saw better pressure by the visitors rewarded with their first penalty corner, unfortunately without success, before Jenna Blaauw received the first card – a green – in the 42nd minute.
The final quarter saw the South Africans pile on even more pressure on the tournament hosts, but the two further PC’s earned passed without success.
South Africa’s hopes of qualifying for the knock-out rounds was dealt a heavy blow with the opening loss, their further fixtures against the Netherlands on Thursday, and Australia on Saturday.
Korea Starts the Day in Winning Style
Earlier in the day, the four-year event kicked off in style with a big win for Korea, their tie with Zimbabwe was a lop-sided affair as Korea scored six past the Zimbabwean defence. Korea earned 16 penalty corners in the entire match, but converted only three of them.
The second match was between the two powerhouses of hockey – Australia and Netherlands, which ended in a 2-2 thriller, with one goal each scored by both the teams in the last ten minutes.
Tatum Stewart broke the deadlock for Australia scoring from a penalty corner in the 12th minute. It was an evenly contested match till the 40th minute when the teams upped their game and made continuous attacks. The two top-ranked teams had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the end.
India Make History
Indian women made history in the third match of the day as they beat Canada 12-0 to get their biggest win of the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup. Mumtaz Khan netted four goals while youngsters Deepika Soreng and Annu scored a hat-trick each.
After the match, Deepika said, “Our team has been working very hard for this tournament for the last one year. We made some mistakes today as well, but we will try to rectify all those mistakes and score more goals when we meet Germany in our next match.”
The fourth match of the day between Argentina and Spain was a cracker with Argentina holding on to the lead given by their skipper Valentina Raposo in the 22nd minute. They eventually went on to win it 1-0. Spain got 12 penalty corners but failed to convert any.
It was followed up with a Pool C match between Germany and Belgium with the latter beating the Germans 6-0 in a low-key affair. While the score was 1-0 at the end of the first half, Astrid Bonami and Louise Dewaet scored hat-tricks each to ensure Belgium’s win in a pool that also consists of India who won 12-0 previously in the day.
Play resumes over night this evening, 30th November, with England and New Zealand first in action, and South Africa taking on World Champions the Netherlands in the day’s final fixture.
To see the full match schedule, click here.
Match Results from Day 1 of the FIH Hockey Junior Women’s World Cup 2023
Match 1: Korea 6-0 Zimbabwe
Match 2: Netherlands 2-2 Australia
Match 3: India 12-0 Canada
Match 4: Argentina 1-0 Spain
Match 5: Germany 0-6 Belgium
Match 6: South Africa 0-1 Chile
To see the current pool standings after Day 1, click here.
Photo Caption: Indian women made history in the third match of the day as they beat Canada 12-0 to get their biggest win of the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup, while South African hopes were dealt a cruel blow with the visitor’s narrow 1-0 loss to tournament hosts, Chile, in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, 30 November, 2023. Photo: FIH