Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp.
They overcame the respective challenges of Italy, Japan, India and host nation Belgium to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina.
They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia.
The game of the day at Antwerp’s KHC Dragons stadium was undoubtedly Korea versus Belgium, with the Red Panthers being just seconds away from a place in the competition semi-finals before the Asian Games Gold medallists broke Belgian hearts with a late equaliser followed by a dramatic shoot-out win.
The women’s semi-finals will take place on Thursday 2nd July, with Australia facing a mouth-watering clash against the Netherlands while Korea will go head-to-head with New Zealand. The four teams will be fighting it out for three guaranteed tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Women’s semi-final day in Antwerp is Thursday 2nd July. The 5th-8th place play-offs will take place first, followed by the semi-finals. The running order is as follows. All timings are CET:
5-8 place play-offs:
13:00 India v Italy
15:30 Belgium v Japan
18:00 Netherlands v Australia
20:30 Korea v New Zealand
More details about the men’s and women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals including match highlights, imagery, scheduling, reports as well as all competition information can be found onwww.fih.ch.