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IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022

The IKF Council is pleased to announce the host, location and dates for the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022. The hosting of this event has been awarded to the Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT). The KAT became an IKF Member three years ago, and has shown tremendous development of korfball in Thailand in recent years, despite the challenging circumstances due to the pandemic. Their efforts to promote and develop korfball in Thailand lead to the awarding of the IKF World Korfball Award – Best Grassroots Development in 2019. The IKF Council is confident that KAT will do a great job hosting the 11th edition of the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022. The event will be held in Pattaya City, in the Chonburi Province, from 28 November – 4 December.  

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The IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022 is on: daily updates here

[Last update: 3/12/2022 at 13:30 CET – Day 6 finished] – From Monday 28th November to Sunday 4th December 2022, the 11th IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship is taking place in Pattaya City, Thailand. This is a qualifying event for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 to be played in Taipei. [Download Press event booklet here]

From Asia and Oceania, 7 countries will qualify for the WKC 2023 (in addition to the host country), among which at least one Oceanian country. [Read more about qualification]

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All fans around the world will be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

The Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT), in collaboration with the IKF, is the organiser of this important championship, the largest AOKC event ever held with 12 teams participating.

The teams of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will battle it out in two groups of six (drawn based on world rankings) before cross over matches make for an exciting final weekend where all teams will still be contention to qualify for next year’s World Championship.

DAY 5 REVIEW (2/12/2022)

DAY 6 REVIEW (3/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

In the first two games of the day the two remaining qualification places were at stake. Indonesia ranked number 32 by IKF met number 34 ranked Thailand in the first match. Although Indonesia is a longer standing participant in international korfball, that pedigree is balanced by the professionalism that Thailand has brought to this tournament, both as the host and from an exciting, talented team that has grown steadily through a week of competition. Those were the telling factors and Thailand won the match by 15-8 to book their spot in the Korfball World Championship next year.

Hong Kong China, a participant at the previous three world championships, was intent on confirming their place in the 2023 edition. In the day’s second match, to determine the eighth and final qualifier from this tournament, Malaysia stood in their way. Both teams started tentatively before Hong Kong China discovered more shooting accuracy than they have found in the previous two days, and better parity in the rebound, managing to prevail, at last, with reasonable comfort by 17-6.

Next up, in the first semi final, New Zealand, fighting for a medal for the first time in an Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, took on the might of Chinese Taipei. Playing with greater intensity than they have so far this tournament, the long time champion took their game up a gear at critical points in the game, leaving New Zealand behind, to stroll into the final by 27-12. Despite losing this game, after starting the tournament as the sixth ranked participant, New Zealand will be content with a shot at the bronze medal.

In what promised to be the most interesting game of the day, Australia was determined to produce an upset against China, which is nine places higher on the IKF rankings. Although Australia pushed hard, and threatened a comeback late on, China established an early lead and was able to dictate terms from that point, winning by 22-17 to secure a place in the final and validate its IKF ranking.

Making their final appearance at this tournament, repeating a pool game they played on day three, Singapore and Philippines contested the day’s final game, battling for this tournament’s eleventh ranking. Both have made progress through the week, and to their credit, managed to finish with a competitive match, despite the intensity both have expended to this point. With a final score of 18-11 Philippines repeated their victory from three days ago, both teams marking an improvement from that 11-8 win.

DAY 5 REVIEW (2/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

With the top four teams in this tournament decided yesterday, today and tomorrow will determine which others fill the next four ranking positions and therefore assure qualification to the 2023 World Korfball Championship.

India faced Indonesia in the first game, intent on celebrating their comeback to international korfball after a long absence with a seat at the top table. While the first half was tight and tense, India moved up a gear in the second half to win the game comfortably, 25-8, therefore securing qualification and participation in the world championship for the first time since 2011, a whole generation ago in terms of korfball talent.

Hong Kong China and Japan both participated in the 2019 world championship, having finished fourth and fifth respectively in 2018’s  edition of this tournament, and are both intent on building on that in 2023. They met to decide which will definitely advance. Hong Kong China led for much of a game dominated by defence and characterised by nerves in attack. Although Hong Kong China seemed to have overcome their disappointment at missing a top four place yesterday, the margin was always small and Japan stayed positive to take the lead late in the game, holding firm to win by 10-9. Japan celebrated their qualification and a chance to play for the fifth ranking this week, while Hong Kong China has one more chance tomorrow to make it into the top eight.

Thailand and Singapore met to determine which will keep their opportunity to qualify for the world championship alive into the last two days. Singapore has yet to win a game, while Thailand achieved that milestone yesterday. Encouraged by that success, the host established a comfortable first half lead, which they built on further for a final scoreline of 21-6, putting into practice what they have learnt in their earlier games. While Singapore became the first team that will definitely not proceed to next year’s world championship, they are young players and their first international experience has set them up for a positive future in korfball.  

Malaysia and Philippines met in the day’s final game. Again the loser would be removed from contention for a place in the World Korfball Championship. Malaysia has shown plenty of promise at this tournament, and with a young and determined team, is establishing the foundation required if it is to become a serious future contender. Philippines is at an earlier point in its korfball development. Malaysia steadily built a lead to confirm it remains in contention for qualification, winning by 17-6, while Phillipines must be content to play off for 11th place.

DAY 5 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 4 REVIEW (1/12/2022)

DAY 4 REVIEW (1/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

Today’s Asia Oceania Korfball Championship matches established the top four, who have all now qualifed for the 2023 Korfball World Championship. Outside those places, a further four will also receive the invitation, and none of the remaining eight in Pattaya City are yet excluded as the last three days will determine their success, or otherwise. 

Hong Kong China and New Zealand have been close korfball rivals for many years. Today’s first match, setting the two against each other, was the final pool game for each and would determine which progressed to this tournament’s top four. Both defended with great determination, though struggled to overcome the tension of the occasion when on the attack. Goals were difficult to come by, particularly in the first half. Eventually New Zealand’s rebounding superiority was reflected on the scoreboard, establishing a lead that they preserved with focus and careful clock management. The 11-7 result means they will play for the medals and have assured qualification to the world champs, while Hong Kong China, which currently has a superior IKF ranking to New Zealand, will fight for fifth place at best in the crossover games.

Thailand and Malaysia featured in the day’s second match, with the host still in search of their first win. Two even teams, showing their athleticism, determination and korfball skills in advance of their relative inexperience, they have both been an asset to this tournament. However, once again scoring was slow as the tension threatened to overwhelm the players. However, Thailand established a lead that they never gave up, albeit that Malaysia fought back to one goal down and threatened to force golden goal at the end. Unlike their last second victory over India, this time Malaysia was not able to come through for a win, giving Thailand their first ‘W’ of the week, and their first ever victory in an international tournament match, by 9-8, which elevated them above Malaysia in the pool standings on the basis of this result for an easier path to the top eight.

Singapore is also without a win, with perhaps their best opportunity so far in the day’s third game, where they took on Indonesia. While world championship qualification is still an opportunity for both these teams, they will need to make significant improvements in the coming days to bring that about. Indonesia showed the most benefit from the lessons of the past three days, taking their second win of the tournament 10-6.

In the next match, two of the higher ranked teams, Japan and Australia, faced off. With their longer korfball pedigree, Australia was determined to put yesterday’s Pool A loss to Chinese Taipei behind them, and confirm their place in the top four. They duly built an advantage on the scoreboard that Japan never looked likely to threaten, winning by 15-7 to confirm they will also have a rest day tomorrow ahead of the crossover games, where they will contest the medals, and like their Oceania neighbour has now qualified for the 2023 world championship,while Japan still has further work if they are to take one of the remaining qualification positions.

Chinese Taipei met India in the day’s fifth game. After a relatively low scoring first half, the defending champion put on an exhibition for the spectators, and issued a strident warning to the other teams that will contest the medals, escalating the score rapidly to give India their harshest reminder thus far on their return that international korfball has progressed since they have been away. Final score: 36-11, which was  immaterial in terms of next year’s world championship qualification since Chinese Taipei qualify automatically as the host.

Having already won Pool B, China met Phillipines to complete the day’s matches, and the round robin section of the tournament. The game was never in doubt and the world’s number four ranked korfball nation prevailed comfortably by 24-7. China has also sealed qualification.

The top four will sit out tomorrow’s play ahead of semi finals on Saturday, while the other eight teams play crossover games to narrow down which will finish ranked between five and eight and therefore book trips to Chinese Taipei next year.

DAY 4 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 3 REVIEW (30/11/2022)

DAY 3 REVIEW (30/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

Day three’s first match was contested by New Zealand and Indonesia. New Zealand played efficiently, scoring regularly, while defending impressively to keep their opponent scoreless, the first time a team at this tournament has ended the game with zero goals, for a 26-0 result.

Hong Kong China played with spirit in the next match, though were unable to stay close to China, who kept an even tempo, albeit relatively low scoring, to comfortably prevail by 14-8, making it near certain they will win Pool B, and setting up the Hong Kong China versus New Zealand match tomorrow as the decider for the other semi final position from that side of the draw. 

After the two teams concerned experienced heartbreak and heroics respectively against India yesterday, the next match, between Japan and Malaysia, was crucial for the prospects of each. Malaysia fell short of the intensity they brought yesterday, while for Japan their loss firmed their resolve. Neither team could really gain any scoring rhythm, and the tournament’s lowest scoring game so far ended with Japan the victor by 11-4.

Unbeaten in Pool A, and now near certain to advance to the medal matches, Chinese Taipei and Australia was the next game. World third ranked Chinese Taipei has not lost to 13th ranked Australia for 16 years, and although most meetings between the two longest standing rivals at this tournament are genuine contests, this was not the day for Australia to break that streak. Once again they made Chinese Taipei work, though once again the Asian champion proved stronger, winning by 23-10.

India and Thailand were up next: India keen to move on from their final second loss yesterday afternoon, while despite some encouraging performances, the host has yet to record a win. Two of the most physical teams at the tournament, bringing all their commitment made for a game with several injury breaks, and defence generally on top at each end. Another low scoring game finished at 16-9 to India, meaning Thailand is still hunting its first win.

Also hunting their first win, though with one guaranteed to achieve it, Singapore and Philippines were next. A close contest played in good spirit saw both applying some of the lessons they have learnt over the first two days of the tournament up against the more experienced teams here. In the end Philippines was ahead by 11-8, to record their first win this week, and their first at this tournament, having lost every game at the previous Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, where they made their debut.

Appearing for the second time today in Pool B were both China and Indonesia in the day’s penultimate match. Both showed the effects of three games of international korfball over the preceding days in a match that never really took off, though China was able to keep their game opponent at bay, recording a 21-4 victory to remain unbeaten at the top of Pool B.

Also each playing their second game of the day, Chinese Taipei and Japan were today’s final contestants, the former comfortably maintaining their unbeaten run at this and all Asia Oceania tournaments for the past 16 years, underlining their position as favourite for another gold medal this week with a 22-9 victory.

Tomorrow’s games, rounding out pool play, promise to proceed with less certainty: several of the matchups are far less easy to predict than today’s eight games as final positions in the pool, and chances at qualification for next year’s World Korfball Championship are at stake for several teams. It promises to be an interesting day.

DAY 3 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 2 REVIEW (29/11/2022)

DAY 2 REVIEW (29/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

In the first match on day two of the 11th Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, Japan faced India. Japan was unable to match the uncompromising aggression of their opponent, falling behind from the start and never re-gaining enough ground, to finish the game in deficit at 10-15, A result that shows how close Pool A will be.

Australia and Malaysia were next to take the field, and as in their game yesterday, Australia started slowly before finding the measure of an athletic though relatively inexperienced opponent.

Thailand took on the Asian champion Chinese Taipei in the third game. Although the host team was not overawed by their decorated opponent, fighting to the end, the big difference in score was an accurate indication of the pedigree of the champion next to the inexperience of a nation playing at this level for the first time. 

Hong Kong China and Indonesia was the first Pool B game of the day. This one also followed the form guide, with Indonesia working hard but falling short of a higher ranked opponent, for a final score of 18-6.

New Zealand has contested the past four editions of this tournament, three more than their opponent today, Philippines, and the final score reflected the gulf between the two: 27-8, the second time in two days that New Zealand has been in a game with 30 goals, this time on the positive side of the score line.

China and Singapore provided even more goals, though the match was the most one-sided so far. Again Singapore fought valiantly, though are unable to counter the craft, skill and strategy of more seasoned teams. China has been beaten start to the tournament continues, score: 41-2.

In complete contrast, India versus Malaysia was the closest game of the tournament so far. Malaysia managed to counter the fierce style of India, staying close in a low scoring game, that was decided in spectacular fashion with a final second effort by Eu Ginn Wong: an almost golden goal to break Indian hearts and put Malaysia in prime position for a top eight finish by 11-10.

Returning for the day’s final game, the hosts again put up a spirited performance against a much more experienced opponent, before suffering their third loss. This time it was Australia that defeated Thailand, recording a third victory in two days, this by 18-11, while their opponent has yet to win. 

DAY 2 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 1 REVIEW (28/11/2022)

DAY 1 REVIEW (28/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

A record 12 teams are participating in the 11th Asia Oceania Korfball Tournament this week at the Eastern National Sports Training Center, Pattaya, Thailand.

For the pool matches, games are 32 minutes, packing eight games per day into the first three days of a heavy schedule.

In the tournament’s first game Singapore, in their first ever match at this level, was unable to compete with Hong Kong China, who won comfortably by 31-6.

China and New Zealand contested the second game, and after a competitive first quarter, the Asian giant, ranked fourth in the world, managed to assert their dominance over their Oceania opponent for a 23-12 victory.

Next up, also in Pool B, Indonesia and Philippines showed athleticism and purpose, though fewer goals than the first two matches, in a contest that ended with Indonesia prevailing by 11-6.

Australia took awhile to click into gear against India, which was playing for the first time in international korfball for several years. Due to this absence, India has fallen to the number 47 world ranking. Despite losing by 18-8 to Australia, India showed enough to suggest they will move back up once this tournament is completed and the year’s rankings are calculated.

After a colourful opening ceremony, where the athletes were welcomed by a troop of young traditional dance performers, Thailand and Japan took to the field. The host country, also playing at this level for the first time, showed their exciting potential in a keen and fiercely fought contest with Japan, which is ranked at number 16 in the world, 18 places above Thailand. Although Japan notched a 16-12 win, Thailand reinforced the belief that they will also contest a top eight place at this tournament.

Malaysia and the defending Asia Oceania champion Chinese Taipei were the final two teams to make their first appearance for the week, playing an entertaining game that featured an athletic effort by a fresh Malaysian team, showing that, if they can find their shooting range, they will trouble several of the more highly ranked teams this week. Nevertheless, the world number three was never in doubt for the win, taking it out by 20-5.

Back into action for the second time in a long day, New Zealand eased to their first win of the tournament, overpowering Singapore by 23-1. New Zealand’s female players accounted for over half the team’s goals, and with two heavy losses, Singapore’s first day in international korfball should prove a big learning curve.

Also back for their second game of the tournament, Hong Kong China and Philippines finished off the day. Hong Kong China again proving too strong for a less experienced rival, again making a strong start, and only easing up on their rival towards the end in a game that finished 16-6.

DAY 1 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

LIVE STREAMS, RESULTS & SOCIAL MEDIA

All fans around the world will be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

HOW TO FOLLOW

The official profiles of IKF Asia on Facebook, Instagram and Yotube will try to provide as many images, videos and information as possible from this tournament.

All teams, participants and fans can join the conversation and share their content and support using the hashtag #AOKC2022 and #korfball.

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PREVIOUS INFORMATION

PRESS CONFERENCE (22/11/2022)

The qualified countries from Europe and Africa are already known after the 4 tournaments played during the last months: the AAKC North-West and South and the EU WKC Q-A & Q-B.

The other qualifying event still to be played togeher with this AOKC is the Pan-American Korfball Championship, that will take place in Buenos Aires at the end of December.

The Eastern National Sports Training Center in Pattaya is ready to host this exciting championship, that can be followed live on www.worldkorfball.sport (more info and links below)

EVENT INFORMATION

Event information can be found here: https://korfball.sport/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship-2022/

IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship allocated to Korfball Association of Thailand

The IKF Council is happy to announce the host, location and dates for the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022. The hosting of this event has been awarded to the Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT). The KAT became an official IKF Member in 2019, and has shown tremendous development of korfball in Thailand in recent years, despite the challenging circumstances due to the pandemic. Their efforts to promote and develop korfball in Thailand lead to the awarding of the IKF World Korfball Award – Best Grassroots Development in 2019.

The IKF Council is confident that KAT will do a great job hosting the 11th edition of the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022. The event will be held in Pattaya City, in the Chonburi Province, from 28 November – 4 December.

All National Federations from Asia and Oceania will receive the invitation letter and entry forms for this event later this week.

All updates of the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022 will be published on the event page.

Chinese Taipei: 2018 Asia Oceania korfball champion!

The 2018 IKF Asia Oceania Korfball champion is Chinese Taipei, after winning China in the IKF AOKC 2018 final 13-22.

Chinese Taipei started the match with fierce intent, and went to a commanding lead at quarter time. However, the second quarter was an entirely different story, with China storming back to cut the deficit to two, their outstanding shooting accuracy used to excellent effect to put them back in the game. For China Jing Zhao and for Chinese Taipei Shu Ping Chu provided the inspiration for their respective teams. Introduced after half time, Ya Hui Cho used her speed to swing the momentum back to Chinese Taipei, forcing a time out by China that came too late to stop the damage. Chinese Taipei controlled the rest of the match, and had built a nine goal buffer by full time, to successfully defend their title.

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/china-chinese-taipei-2239
Game: youtube.com/watch?v=RRqFhY7A2z8

In the contest for the bronze medal, Australia and Hong Kong China played the most exciting game of the tournament, ending 18-17 in favour of the Australians. In the game for 5th place, Japan beated New Zealand 10-13.

After this IKF Asia Oceania Championship 2018, the teams qualified for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in Durban, South Africa, are: Chinese Taipei, China, Australia, Hong Kong China, Japan and New Zealand.

IKF AOKC 2018 – FINAL RANKING:

1st: Chinese Taipei
2nd: China
3rd: Australia
4th: Hong Kong China
5th: Japan
6th: New Zealand
7th: Macau China
8th: Korea
9th: Indonesia
10th: Philippines

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You can review all games statistics, top scorers, play-by-play and watch all them again on IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

 

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 8 (Finals): Reviews, results, images & videos

On Sunday, August 5th, 2018, the eighth and final day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 took place in the city of Saitama in Japan. On this final day of the tournament New Zealand and Japan were fighting for places 5 & 6 at 11:00, and later on at 13:00, Australia and Hong Kong for Bronze medal. Finally, at 15:00 took take place the big IKF AOKC 2018 final between China and Chinese Taipei. You can review and watch again all the tournament on worldkorfball.org and on the links below.

* Teams already qualified for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in Durban, South Africa, after this IKF AOKC 2018: Chinese Taipei, China, Australia, Hong Kong China, Japan and New Zealand. 

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

DAY 8 RESULTS

5-Aug Match  Day 8 Result
11:00 27 (5th/6th) New Zealand Japan 10-13
13:00 28 (3rd/4th) Australia Hong Kong 18-17
15:00 29 (1st/2nd) China Chinese Taipei 13-22
16:15 Closing Ceremony

GAMES REVIEW:

Match 27 (for 5th/6th): NEW ZEALAND 10 – JAPAN 13

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/new-zealand-japan-2237

After the pool game between these two teams on the first day, the play off for fifth and sixth rankings in this tournament was always likely to be close. In the first quarter, Japan made better use of their attack and took advantage of uncharacteristic New Zealand defensive lapses to take a 3-1 lead. Although New Zealand overcame the deficit and briefly led, approaching half time Japan had regained ascendency and New Zealand coach Manon Wiegerink made three substitutions in an attempt to take back the initiative. During the third quarter, while New Zealand started to dominate the rebound, shot execution let them down. Three penalty misses in the final quarter also hurt the Kiwi cause, and Japan had enough poise to hold on, claiming fifth place, an excellent achievement by the host, which had an IKF ranking of 42 prior to this tournament. Both teams, of course, proceed to the 2019 IKF World Championship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6gwQ2gimQ

(Video by Japan Korfball)

Match 28 (Bronze medal game): AUSTRALIA 18 – HONG KONG 17

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/australia-hong-kong-china-2238

In the contest for the bronze medal Australia and Hong Kong China played the most exciting game of the tournament. For almost the entire match there was nothing between the two teams. Australia would score, and Hong Kong China would hit back. With plenty of exciting one on one duels across the whole field, Andrew Hutchesson for Australia and Wing Yan Cheung for Hong Kong China stood out, the latter scoring a game high eight goals. As the end approached, it was clear the bronze would go to whichever team could withstand the pressure more solidly in the final minutes. Australia went two goals clear, and could sense the medals around their necks, which, despite a late Hong Kong China penalty to bring the margin back to a single goal, was how it finished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8s_Mh2VyV4

(Video by Japan Korfball)

Match 29 (AOKC 2018 Final): CHINA 13 – CHINESE TAIPEI 22

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/china-chinese-taipei-2239

Chinese Taipei started the final with fierce intent, and went to a commanding lead at quarter time. However, the second quarter was an entirely different story, with China storming back to cut the deficit to two, their outstanding shooting accuracy used to excellent effect to put them back in the game. For China Jing Zhao and for Chinese Taipei Shu Ping Chu provided the inspiration for their respective teams. Introduced after half time, Ya Hui Cho used her speed to swing the momentum back to Chinese Taipei, forcing a time out by China that came too late to stop the damage. Chinese Taipei controlled the rest of the match, and had built a nine goal buffer by full time, to successfully defend their title.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRqFhY7A2z8

(Video by Japan Korfball)

 

IKF AOKC 2018 – FINAL RANKING:

1st: Chinese Taipei
2nd: China
3rd: Australia
4th: Hong Kong China
5th: Japan
6th: New Zealand
7th: Macau China
8th: Korea
9th: Indonesia
10th: Philippines

You can review all games statistics, top scorers, play-by-play and watch all them again on IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

DAY 8 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018):

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 7: Reviews, results, images & videos

Saturday, 4-August-2018 – Seventh day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 in Saitama, Japan. Yesterday’s results defined the two final games to be played today for places 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 of this IKF AOKC 2018. Indonesia and Philippines will play first at 13:30 for 9th place and at 15:15 Korea against Macau China for 7th.

All the other teams will play tomorrow Sunday their next final games. New Zealand and Japan will fight for places 5 & 6 at 11:00, and later on at 13:00, Australia and Hong Kong for Bronze medal. Finally, at 15:00 will take place the big IKF AOKC 2018 final between China and Chinese Taipei. Don’t miss it! You can follow live and watch all the tournament on worldkorfball.org and on the links below.

* Teams already qualified for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in Durban, South Africa, after this IKF AOKC 2018: Chinese Taipei, China, Australia, Hong Kong China, Japan and New Zealand.

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

DAY 7 RESULTS

4-Aug #  Day 7 Result
13:30 25 (9th/10th) Indonesia Philippines 25-12
15:15 26 (7th/8th) Korea Macau China 7-8

GAMES REVIEW:

Match 25 (for 9th/10th): INDONESIA 25 – PHILIPPINES 12

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/indonesia-philippines-2235

In the first game of the tournament’s penultimate day the Philippines and Indonesia met in their own final. Two teams with little previous international experience had the opportunity to demonstrate what they had learnt and how they had progressed over the previous week. Indonesia showed that they are the tournament’s most improved team, settling quickly into a fluent style of korfball, with good court awareness and excellent movement. Retna Kumalasari and Apriandi Mauliate Mangaratua dominated the scoring for Indonesia to secure ninth place in a game played in good spirit by both teams.

youtube.com/watch?v=cxJKQQRBcAg (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 26 (for 7th/8th): KOREA 7 – MACAU CHINA 8

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/korea-macau-china-2236

Coming back from the disappointment of failure to qualify for the World Championships yesterday, Korea and Macau China returned today to contest the consolation prize of seventh place. As in the pool game between these two teams two days ago, Korea made the more positive start, and while Macau China had some structure in their attack, goals would not come for them. At half time the score was 3-1 in favour of Korea. In the third quarter Macau China finally found some inspiration to edge ahead on the scoreboard, with Io Kei Chek urging his teammates on. In a tense final quarter, with bench players in short supply for both teams, in fact Korea had none available, the game’s outcome was decided by who had more energy and presence of mind in the final minutes. Korea was awarded two penalties, which if both were scored would have taken the game to golden goal. One was missed, so in the end Macau China, by the slimmest of margins, in the tournament’s lowest scoring game, secured seventh place.

youtube.com/watch?v=tfMuBcgrVx4 (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

DAY 8 MATCH SCHEDULE:

5-Aug #  Day 8 Result
11:00 27 New Zealand Japan (5th/6th)
13:00 28 Australia Hong Kong  (3rd/4th)
15:00 29 China Chinese Taipei  (1st/2nd)
16:15 Closing Ceremony

Match schedule, tournament rules and more on ➡️ ikf.org/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship

You can follow all games play-by-play and review games through IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

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DAY 7 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018):

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 6: Reviews, results, images & videos

Friday, 3-August-2018 – Sixth day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 in Japan. After yesterday’s results and final ranking pools, Indonesia and Philippines will play tomorrow Saturday for places 9 and 10 of this IKF AOKC 2018. All the other teams will play today to decide their next final games.

On the other hand, after today’s results, the teams qualified for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in South Africa are known: Chinese Taipei, China, Australia, Hong Kong China, Japan and New Zealand. Congratulations! 

You can follow live and watch all the tournament on worldkorfball.org and on the following links:

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

DAY 6 RESULTS

3-Aug Match  Day 6 Result
13:30 21 Korea New Zealand  3-22
15:15 22 Japan Macau China   15-7
17:00 23 China Australia   23-14
18:45 24 Chinese Taipei Hong Kong   37-10

 

GAMES REVIEW:

Match 21: KOREA 3 – NEW ZEALAND 22

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/korea-new-zealand-2231

In many respects the first two games today are the most important of the tournament, with both deciding the final two qualifiers from Asia Oceania to the 2019 IKF World Championships. Neither of the two teams in the first match has ever played on the world stage, so history awaited either Korea or New Zealand. New Zealand took the initiative early and ran to an 8-0 lead after the first quarter, grabbing destiny with both hands. Korea was unable to deal with the defensive intensity that New Zealand brought, while the Kiwis held their nerve in attack and waited for the chances to come, which they generally executed efficiently. At half time the lead had extended to12-0. Although New Zealand coach Manon Wiegerink rotated her players after the break, the score kept mounting, with sharp shooters Torsten Ball and Bevan Lawson taking particular advantage. In the end it was New Zealand making travel plans for South Africa.

youtube.com/watch?v=26pQijVjjo8 (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 22: JAPAN 15 – MACAU CHINA 7

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/japan-macau-china-2232

Strong defensive pressure from both teams resulted in a low scoring first quarter, as shots were difficult to create. In the second period the situation opened up a little more, as Japan started to build a comfortable lead, based on superior shooting. By the time the final quarter commenced, Japan had earned the opportunity to bring all their squad players into the match, as they became the sixth and final team of the Asia Oceania region to qualify for the 2019 IKF World Championship. , the first time they will feature since 1999. This result also sets up a replay of the closest match of the tournament so far, when New Zealand and Japan were separated by a single goal in their pool match on day one. That replay will be played on Sunday as the match to determine fifth and sixth places.

youtube.com/watch?v=MWIvg5Ku6JY (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 23: CHINA 23 – AUSTRALIA 14

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/china-australia-2233

In the first half of the first semi-final, both teams came out with high intensity, which resulted in referee Pardeep Dahiya awarding multiple penalties. Late in the second quarter, China started to hit their long shots, to add to the penalty accumulation, establishing a lead for the first time, which at the half time whistle stood at four goals, 11-7. Although they continued to battle, from that point Australia gradually lost touch and China continued to extend their lead, their shooting accuracy again a feature of their powerful game. Top scorer Dongjie Zhang will be satisfied with eight goals, even if six were scored from the penalty spot. China booked its place in the final, while Australia will compete for the bronze medal.

youtube.com/watch?v=yEGLB8KAxI4 (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 24: CHINESE TAIPEI 37 – HONG KONG 10

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/chinese-taipei-hong-kong-china-2234

Chinese Taipei comfortably won the second semi-final. Although Hong Kong China fought valiantly, they could not hold back the tide of attacks from the defending champion, with goals going in regularly as the game progressed. As she has done for most other games this week, Chinese Taipei coach Bird introduced almost her entire bench at half time, today including stars Ya-wen Lin and Shu-ping Chu, who dominated their team’s scoring in the second half. Chinese Taipei advances to the gold medal match against China, while Hong Kong China will play off for third place against Australia.

youtube.com/watch?v=BcRJs3BB6GE (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

DAY 7 MATCH SCHEDULE:

4-Aug Match  Day 7 Result
13:30 25 Indonesia Philippines (9th/10th)
15:15 26 Korea Macau China (7th/8th)

 

DAY 8 MATCH SCHEDULE:

5-Aug Match  Day 8 Result
11:00 27 New Zealand Japan (5th/6th)
13:00 28 Australia Hong Kong  (3rd/4th)
15:00 29 China Chinese Taipei  (1st/2nd)
16:15 Closing Ceremony

 

Match schedule, tournament rules and more on ➡️ ikf.org/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship

You can follow all games play-by-play and review games through IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

 

DAY 6 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018): [updating]

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 5: Reviews, results, images & videos

Thursday, 2-August-2018 – Fifth day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 in Japan. After today’s results and final ranking pools, Indonesia and Philippines will play on Saturday for places 9 and 10 of this IKF AOKC 2018. All the other teams will play tomorrow to decide their next final games. You can follow live all the tournament on worldkorfball.org

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

 

DAY 5 RESULTS

2-Aug Match  Day 5 Result
13:30 17 New Zealand China 15-28
15:15 18 Japan Indonesia   24-15
17:00 19 Australia Philippines   27-8
18:45 20 Korea Macau   14-10

 

GAMES REVIEW:

Match 17: NEW ZEALAND 15 – CHINA 28

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/new-zealand-china-2227

New Zealand and China played an entertaining and competitive match, albeit both had one eye on what comes next in this tournament. Although New Zealand put up more of a fight than their opponents might have expected, China’s quality showed through with their high shooting percentage against the defensive intensity that New Zealand’s other opponents so far have found more difficult to combat. Taking good options in attack created plenty of scoring opportunities for New Zealand, and although they can be pleased with the number of goals they made, they were no match for China in terms of shooting accuracy, which is what took the world’s fifth ranked team to another comfortable victory and confirmed their place at the top of pool A.

youtube.com/watch?v=WGtTfJPq4lIv (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 18: JAPAN 24 – INDONESIA 15

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/japan-indonesia-2228

This was a closer game than expected, with Indonesia showing how much they have learned from their experience of the tournament this week, testing Japan much more seriously than they have their previous opponents. Although the first quarter was tight, Japan took an early lead, which they built further in the second quarter to go six goals clear. Indonesia then mounted a concerted comeback to dominate the third quarter, making space and shooting with much greater fluency than they have during the rest of the tournament, bringing the margin back to just one goal. However, a series of substitutions at three quarter time brought Japan more control, and goals, breaking down Indonesia’s defence to close out the game. While six missed penalties through 40 minutes hurt both teams, the immense improvement Indonesia has made in the last few days is the big story of this game. Japan, meanwhile, confirmed third place in pool A,

youtube.com/watch?v=9qnCIoyJv5o (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 19: AUSTRALIA 27 – PHILIPPINES 8

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/australia-philippines-2229

Australia met the Phillipines in the penultimate pool game. Australia won comfortably without having to play too hard, conserving their energy for the games over the next three days that will determine the medals. Winning confirms Australia has made it to the top four of this tournament and will therefore play in the 2019 World Championship. In their first participation at an IKF Asia Oceania event, the Phillipines will play off for ninth and tenth.

youtube.com/watch?v=FIhspKCWNfM (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 20: KOREA 14 – MACAU CHINA 10

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/korea-macau-2230

In the final pool game Korea and Macau China met to determine who will play Japan and who will play New Zealand tomorrow for qualification to the 2019 IKF World Championship in Durban 12 months from now. Korea made the more positive start, shackling Macau China in a tight and effective defensive net to end half 9-4 ahead. Dutch master coach Atte van Haastrecht gave his players a stern motivational message at half time, and while it made some difference, encouraging Macau China to play with a little more purpose, they were unable to break the resistance of Korea, who remained resolute in defence and more clinical in attack. They will therefore play New Zealand tomorrow while Macau China will play Japan, with the winners of those two reaching the qualification goal.

youtube.com/watch?v=jZ4bDPiIQ3c (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

RANKING POOLS AFTER DAY 5:

Pos Pool A Points  Pos Pool B Points
1 Chinese Taipei 12 1 China 12
2 Australia 9 2 Hong Kong China 9
3 Korea 6 3 Japan 6
4 Macau China 3 4 New Zealand 3
5 Philippines 0 5 Indonesia 0

 

Match schedule, tournament rules and more on ➡️ ikf.org/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship

You can follow all games play-by-play through IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

 

DAY 6 MATCH SCHEDULE

3-Aug Match  Day 6 Result
13:30 21 Korea New Zealand  0-0
15:15 22 Japan Macau China   0-0
17:00 23 China Australia   0-0
18:45 24 Chinese Taipei Hong Kong   0-0

 

DAY 7 MATCH SCHEDULE:

4-Aug Match  Day 7 Result
13:30 25 Indonesia Philippines (9th/10th)
15:15 26 L21 L22 (7th/8th)

 

DAY 8 MATCH SCHEDULE:

5-Aug Match  Day 8 Result
11:00 27 W21 W22 (5th/6th)
13:00 28 L23 L24  (3rd/4th)
15:00 29 W23 W24  (1st/2nd)
16:15 Closing Ceremony

 

DAY 5 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018):

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 4: Reviews, results, images & videos

Wednesday, 1-August-2018 – Fourth day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 in Japan. You can follow live all the tournament on worldkorfball.org

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

 

DAY 4 RESULTS:

1-Aug Match  Day 4 Result
13:30 13 China Indonesia  42-11
15:15 14 Japan Hong Kong China   9-19
17:00 15 Korea Philippines   21-10
18:45 16 Chinese Taipei Australia   27-12

 

GAMES REVIEW:

 

Match 13: CHINA – INDONESIA

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/china-indonesia-2223

With China undefeated so far and Indonesia yet to win a game, the second ranked team at this tournament was clearly favoured to prevail. China was able to control the attack for the whole game, sharing the scoring amongst all players, ably led by captain Jing Zhao, who accumulated nine goals. Indonesia’s defending improved markedly after yesterday, with far fewer penalties awarded against them, although their over-zealous defence still created several opportunities for China. In attack, Indonesia was able to create some good shooting opportunities, particularly on running-in shots, though could not always claim the reward their efforts merited. This victory assures China of qualification to the 2019 Korfball World Championship.

youtu.be/ZbqRxcUYBLU (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 14: JAPAN – HONG KONG CHINA

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/japan-hong-kong-china-2224

Both teams took awhile to settle in this match, with both anxious to maintain momentum leading into the latter stages of the tournament. Defying their ranking, which situates them 31 places below their opponent, Japan, who had nothing to lose by taking an aggressive approach to the game, managed to eke out three goals in the first quarter while Hong Kong China managed only one. During the second quarter the balance shifted back, though defence remained on top at both ends, restricting the score to 5-5 at the break. Both teams were playing at a high tempo, though inaccuracy in attack, and resolute defence made scoring a rare occurrence. Halfway through the third quarter, Hong Kong China took the lead for the first time and finally found their rhythm as Japan’s resistance faltered. Introducing Kwok Kuen Ham’s guile and experience shortly before half time helped break the deadlock, and in the end it was a comfortable victory for Hong Kong China, though harder earned than the ten goal difference suggested. Having won this game, Hong Kong China can now finish no lower than second in their pool, and fourth in the tournament, therefore confirming their qualification for the 2019 Korfball World Championship.

youtube.com/watch?v=9znr0TtvGBY (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 15: KOREA – PHILIPPINES

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/korea-philippines-2225

Korea dominated in attack early, though were unable to convert their chances. While the Phillipines found it more difficult to create scoring opportunities, those that they did make they turned into goals, gaining good momentum as the first half came to an end. In the third quarter, Korea raised the intensity and increased their lead, extending the margin by the end of the game as the Phillipines players were not able to maintain the energy that had enabled them to make it more of a contest in the earlier stages. For Korea, recording their first win of the tournament to keep alive their chance of qualification for the 2019 Korfball World Championship, Sungkwan Jeong top scored seven goals.

youtu.be/tj5t4mJq9aA (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 16: CHINESE TAIPEI – AUSTRALIA

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/chinese-taipei-australia-2226

This match was a repeat of the Asia Oceania final from four years ago. Chinese Taipei’s intensity increased compared to the previous games, and they turned on the style. Their shooting percentage early on was exceptional, particularly from captain Ricky Wu, enabling the reigning champion to quickly establish a margin that Australia was never able to bridge. Australia did not surrender, though, and in the second half came closer to matching their vaunted opponents. Bethan Channing was assured for Australia, who can take credit for making Chinese Taipei work hard right until the end, and stopping them from reaching 30 goals, which seemed to be a self imposed target in the final minutes. Chinese Taipei was already into the 2019 World Championship before this game, and although Australia has not yet achieved that objective, they will be confident of doing so.

youtu.be/COKfjiSU2GY (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

RANKING POOLS AFTER DAY 4:

Pos Pool A Points  Pos Pool B Points
1 Chinese Taipei 12 1 China 9
2 Australia 6 2 Hong Kong China 9
3 Macau 3 3 Japan 3
4 Korea 3 4 New Zealand 3
5 Philippines 0 5 Indonesia 0

 

Match schedule, tournament rules and more on ➡️ ikf.org/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship

You can follow all games play-by-play through IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

 

DAY 5 MATCH SCHEDULE:

2-Aug Match  Day 5 Result
13:30 17 New Zealand China  0-0
15:15 18 Japan Indonesia   0-0
17:00 19 Australia Philippines   0-0
18:45 20 Korea Macau   0-0

 

DAY 4 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018):

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 3: Reviews, results, images & videos

Tuesday, 31-July-2018 – Third day of competition at the the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018 in Japan. You can follow live all the tournament on worldkorfball.org

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018
Live streaming games (by Japan Korfball) on goo.gl/c2K4aG

 

DAY 3 RESULTS:

31-July Match  Day 3 Result
13:30 9 Indonesia New Zealand  4-28
15:15 10 Hong Kong China China   17-26
17:00 11 Australia Macau China   23-8
18:45 12 Chinese Taipei Philippines   38-15

 

GAMES REVIEW:

Match 9:  INDONESIA 4 – NEW ZEALAND 28

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/indonesia-new-zealand-2219

Indonesia demonstrated their inexperience, while New Zealand built on their performance against Hong Kong China yesterday to comfortably dominate. Local referee Akiko Tsujikawa was in the action, awarding multiple penalties as New Zealand took advantage of uncertain defending. Goals came from most players in a black shirt, with Torsten Ball taking particular advantage to finish with a personal total of eight. At the other end of the court, Indonesia struggled to deal with the intense defensive pressure that New Zealand brought, giving up a series of turnovers or running down the shot clock without putting up the ball. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhVGHlljOIc (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 10:  HONG KONG CHINA 17 – CHINA 26

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/hong-kong-china-china-2220

Fierce rivals China and Hong Kong China met in a heated encounter in the second fixture of the day. Characteristically using their greater physical presence, China strove to pressure their smaller opponents, who despite their slighter stature, brought plenty of energy to the game, and put up a valiant fight, particularly in the first half. Swift ball movement and accurate shooting are common features of both teams’ approach. Instilled with courage and a ruthless attitude by master coach Ben Crum, who has also ensured that they have a multitude of attacking options and confidence in each other to execute these, China prevailed in a war of attrition, steadily extending their scoreboard advantage and grinding the fight out of their neighbour. Towards the end, Hong Kong China’s own master coach, Warman Cheng, realised the game was beyond his reach and turned to his bench players, giving his top eight some respite for the rest of the tournament

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQx_-SOAh-k (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 11:  AUSTRALIA 23 – MACAU CHINA 8

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/australia-macau-2221

This game was slow to start ,with both teams struggling to overcome the increased heat in the stadium, and the energy levels set well below today’s previous two games. By the end of the first quarter, the two teams had shared only five goals between them, with Macau China one behind. In the second quarter Australia started to regain the momentum that took them to a comfortable win yesterday. As the second half progressed, that theme continued, and Australia built a comfortable lead, scoring with greater freedom, particularly through Grace Cullen, while putting increased pressure on Macau China at the defensive end. Although Macau China kept running and kept looking for opportunities, Australia’s superior court sense and game awareness took them well out of their rivals’ reach, to record a second victory that keeps the world’s eleventh ranked nation on track to play in a medal match.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=woNqvPfxyQY (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 12:  CHINESE TAIPEI 38 – PHILIPPINES 15

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/chinese-taipei-philippines-2222

In terms of relative world rankings, this game was the biggest mismatch of the tournament. Chinese Taipei played the game in admirable generous spirit, and the Philippines matched that, setting out to enjoy the experience of a lesson in korfball from one of the world‘s best teams. With little pressure on either side, everyone’s expectations were met. Chinese Taipei coach Bird switched out most of her starting players at half time, with the bench players making the most of their opportunity, once again. Phillipines young gun Elijah Rebusquillo can take particular pride from scoring five against the reigning Asia-Oceania champion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R971YNKfGY (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

RANKING POOLS AFTER DAY 3:

Pos Pool A Points  Pos Pool B Points
1 Chinese Taipei 9 1 China 6
2 Australia 6 2 Hong Kong China 6
3 Macau 3 3 New Zealand 3
4 Korea 0 4 Japan 3
5 Philippines 0 5 Indonesia 0

 

Match schedule, tournament rules and more on ➡️ ikf.org/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship

You can follow all games play-by-play through IKF live data website on worldkorfball.org: Click here

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

Website: aokc2018.strikingly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/aokc2018
Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
Instagram: instagram.com/aokc2018

More on IKF social media profiles (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

 

DAY 4 MATCH SCHEDULE:

1-Aug Match  Day 4 Result
13:30 13 China Indonesia  0-0
15:15 14 Japan Hong Kong China   0-0
17:00 15 Korea Philippines   0-0
18:45 16 Chinese Taipei Australia   0-0

 

DAY 3 IMAGE GALLERY (by Osamu Kimura for @AOKC2018):

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