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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

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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):

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Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
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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):

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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):

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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):

IKF AOKC 2018 Day 2: Reviews, results, images & videos

Monday, 30-July-2018 – Second 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 youtube.com/channel/UCXa72Gr7UIKDqgv3xRmQ2Cg

 

DAY 2 RESULTS:

30-July Match  Day 2 Result
13:30 5 Chinese Taipei Macau  37-9
15:15 6 Japan China   9-30
17:00 7 Hong Kong China New Zealand   17-10
18:45 8 Australia Korea   30-5

 

GAMES REVIEW [Live update]

Match 5:  CHINESE TAIPEI 37 – MACAU CHINA 9

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/chinese-taipei-macau-2215

In the first game of day two, Chinese Taipei met Macau China. Once again, the defending Asia Oceania champion and number two ranked korfball nation took little time to demonstrate their superiority, delivering a lesson in precise, controlled play that their opponents had few answers for. Macau China took 14 minutes before they registered a goal, by which time Chinese Taipei had scored 10. With neither team in any doubt about the outcome, there was little obvious pressure on either. As in their game yesterday, Chinese Taipei made multiple half time substitutions, though the score kept mounting steadily. Macau China will take some satisfaction from finishing with nine goals, albeit these were scored when the result was beyond doubt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puI8kNBiB5c (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 6:  JAPAN 9 – CHINA 30

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/japan-china-2216

Game two on day two saw two teams bringing plenty of passion to the arena. After their hard fought win yesterday, host Japan was looking for further momentum against the korfball world’s fifth ranked nation. China, which most observers at this tournament favour to make Sunday’s gold medal match, started slowly, conceding the first goal. Under strict and vocal instruction from master coach Ben Crum, following a bye on day one, China settled to use their height and athleticism with greater effect, asserting a solid lead by half time, 15-3. While Japan remained active, their accuracy dropped away and they wilted a little in their cherry blossom pink shirts, particularly as China introduced some of their star players from the bench for the second half. China eased back once the game was out of their opponents’ reach, and Japan scored a few late goals, though in the end the margin was decisive. As the game came to its conclusion a yellow card to Jing Zhao of China was the first of this tournament.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgIKbDRlsuQ (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 7:  HONG KONG CHINA 17 – NEW ZEALAND 10

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/hong-kong-china-new-zealand-2217

Hong Kong China, coming off a comfortable win yesterday, and ranked 14 places ahead of today’s opponent, New Zealand, would have been confident of a second victory to set them up nicely for the rest of the tournament. New Zealand enjoyed clear height superiority, particularly among their female players, though struggled to make that count in the first half due to hesitant and inaccurate shooting, compared to Hong Kong China’s speed and clinical shot making. At half time Hong Kong China had built an 8-3 advantage. However, in the third quarter, New Zealand staged a strong comeback, to come to within 12-9 with ten minutes to play and the outcome undecided. Good use of his bench by Hong Kong China coach Warman Cheng managed to keep his team on top, and by the end the kiwi resurgence ran out of steam. Both teams are likely to be encouraged by this result in the overall scheme of the tournament, with New Zealand mounting a credible challenge to a much higher ranked team, and Hong Kong China keeping their quest for a medal well on track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgTVC-_7R0w (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

Match 8:  AUSTRALIA 30 – KOREA 5

Statistics: worldkorfball.org/matches/australia-korea-2218

Having waited two days to start their tournament, Australia took little time to establish their dominance over Korea. Goals came regularly from throughout Australia’s squad, with the majority of chances made within six metres. Meanwhile, Korea struggled to cope with the strong defensive pressure that Australia exerted on them, and achieved scant joy finding the korf in the few chances they were able to create. Having established a healthy lead, Australia’s coach Phil Sibbons rotated his squad regularly with a view to keeping his players as fresh as possible for the business end of the tournament, and the intensity of the game dropped a few level. Albeit several of the players who achieved World Games success for Australia last year are not in the current squad, this was a comfortable work out for them, playing the style that has been successful for Australia for the past few years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wCG2tfctic (Video by Japan Korfball)

 

RANKING POOLS AFTER DAY 2:

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

31-July Match  Day 3 Result
13:30 9 Indonesia New Zealand  0-0
15:15 10 Hong Kong China China   0-0
17:00 11 Australia Macau   0-0
18:45 12 Chinese Taipei Philippines   0-0

DAY 1 IMAGE GALLERY (by Shota Kawajiri – @AOKC2018):

IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2018

The next IKF AOKC – IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship – is awarded by IKF Asia and IKF Oceania to the Japanese Korfball Association.

The event will be played in Saitama, located north of Tokyo.

The event dates will be 29 July – 5 August 2018.

Update 16 July: 10 National teams from Asia and Oceania will be in competition.

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PROFILES (#AOKC2018 – #korfball):

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Twitter: twitter.com/aokc2018
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IKF U23 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship

Today – 15 June 2015 – IKF Asia and IKF Oceania publish the pools and match schedule for the 5th IKF U23 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship in Hsinchu City, Chinese Taipei.

The pools are:

Pool A Pool B
TPE Chinese Taipei AUS Australia
HKG Hongkong CHN China
IND India MAC Macau China
PHI Philippines INA Indonesia

The match schedule is available as well: Click here for the IKF U23 AOKC match schedule.

 

IKF AOKC shows positive steps for Asian korfball

Completed on 23 August in Hong Kong, the 2014 IKF AOKC demonstrated marked progress for Asian korfball.

With ten teams competing, two more than the equivalent tournament four years ago in Zhengzhou, China, the standard of play in Hong Kong reflected strong recent development made in Asian korfball under IKF Asia President Inglish Huang.

Although China dropped one ranking place, to Australia, it is a young team that looks capable of making an impression at the 2015 World Championship. Strong and athletic, with equally dangerous male and female players, epitomised by captain Liang Shuaishuai and Muzi Li, it showed the discipline to impose its will against all other teams, aside from the accomplished Chinese Taipei and steadfast Australia. Following the most common Asian model for korfball development, members of this Chinese team are drawn from three universities: Zhengzhou University, Tianjin University of Science and Technology and the Southwest University in Chongqing municipality.

Most significant mover at this AOKC was Malaysia. Having not played at this level previously, it achieved fifth ranking at this tournament, securing the reserve place for the 2015 World Championship. Malaysia’s korfball, built around national pioneer and president of the Malaysia Korfball Association Chee-Yong Jungle Lim, started in 2007. It has close links to Malaysia’s independent Chinese school system. Most players, including coach Lau Wai Fun, have made the transition from basketball to korfball effectively. They combine determination with shooting accuracy, particularly from ‘clutch’ player Randy Ho Kang Lip, whose blend of physical presence and an excellent eye for the korf made him a constant threat and earned him the honour of the tournament’s fourth highest scorer. After this, Malaysia will certainly improve on its 2013 IKF ranking of 35, having passed four countries that were ranked above it last year, and its future looks bright.

Lower down the rankings Korea matched the place it attained in 2010, though should be a big improver next time around as it looks most able to follow Chinese-Taipei’s successful formula for korfball excellence. Korfball’s establishment in the Seoul National University of Korea, which is one of the most prestigious in the country and has close links with Prof Huang’s own National Taipei University of Education, bodes well. Korea’s international korfballers are current students of the university and graduates who are now working as teachers. Through their efforts, korfball is set for inclusion in the country’s primary school curriculum. Although it competes with basketball and volleyball for the attention of young athletes, the Korea Korfball Federation, which was founded in 2006, has a viable pathway to cultivate a second generation, particularly with the close co-operation of Dr Huang and his university.

Macau’s korfball is also university-centred. In this instance the University of Macau, which has a brand new campus with some excellent facilities that look set to significantly boost the potential of korfball in China’s second Special Administrative Region.

Alone among IKF Asia members, Japan is currently the only country mainly relying on the club system for domestic development and education. In recent years Japan Korfball Association’s key leader Yoshimitsu Tobisa, known throughout korfball as Tobi, has established new clubs in Nagoya and Nagasaki. In November this year Japan’s inaugural national korfball championship will be held, with foremost Asian referee Ivan Lee of Hong Kong conducting a pre-tournament refereeing workshop.

Also welcomed back to an AOKC for the first time since 1994 was the nation with the longest korfball history outside The Netherlands and Belgium: Indonesia, where korfball was first played in the 1920s. This, however, is a new start with a young team, under Adelaida Koraag, who played in the team during its previous era. Although finishing last in Hong Kong, the gap between Indonesia and the next ranked teams was not great, and with recent problems the federation has suffered now apparently resolved, there is cause for optimism.

Apart from the eight teams that played in Hong Kong, alongside IKF Oceania’s Australia and New Zealand, IKF Asia has six other members: India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Singapore. Looking forward to 2018, when the next IKF AOKC will be staged, it is reasonable to expect that at least three of these will join the tournament. This is likely to include newcomers the Philippines, where solid foundations have been laid at the University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest university, which dates back to 1611. Also probably ready to step up in four years will be Singapore, where korfball was dormant for several years until business consultant Derek Ang stumbled across the sport on Google, and was so intrigued that he decided to properly establish korfball in his country. Although it is still early days, he has made good progress with promotion into schools, including sending a number of coaches to a recent clinic in Malaysia. It seems likely that, with continued support from its neighbours, Singapore’s korfball community will grow and progress sufficient to send a team to the 2018 IKF AOKC. By that time korfballers from Vietnam and Sri Lanka might also be ready to join the party.

All of which strengthens the case for korfball’s recognition by the Olympic Council of Asia, which Prof Huang has been working on for a number of years. This recognition would enable entry by the sport into the Asian Games, and various other cyclical multi-sport events staged throughout the continent. A decision on this is expected before the end of 2014, and would mark another significant step for international korfball.

IKF AOKC 2014 final order of teams (with 2010 positions in brackets): 1 (1) Chinese Taipei, 2 (3) Australia, 3 (2) China, 4 (4) Hong Kong, 5 (-) Malaysia, 6 (6) New Zealand, 7 (7) Korea, 8 (-) Macau, 9 (-) Japan, 10 (-) Indonesia.

In 2010 India finished fifth and Pakistan finished eighth, neither participated in 2014, while Malaysia, Macau, Japan and Indonesia participated in 2014, though not in 2010.

IKF AOKC Day Two – six games start to sort out groups

On Day Two of the 2014 IKF AOKC, with a further six games completed, the two groups are beginning to sort themselves out.

Malaysia achieved a second comfortable win of the tournament in the day’s first game, taking advantage of Indonesia’s inexperience to ease to a 12-5 win. By beating first Macau and now Indonesia, Malaysia has given itself an excellent opportunity to justify its third seeding in group B, suggesting that, unless a freak result occurs in the next two days, it will still be in contention for a medal after all group games are completed. Indonesia, on the other hand, which has the lowest ranking of all teams here, will need to learn from the lessons of its first two games and look to make improvements for the future.

Game two saw another close fought, low scoring Group A contest, as Japan, which held a two goal lead for a period of the first half, succumbed to Korea’s dominance in the rebound to fall to a second loss, 9-7.

Game three, between the teams ranked two and three, produced the best korfball of the tournament so far, Australia prevailing over Group B rival China after a full-blooded tussle. China reined in the aggression they displayed yesterday, at least slightly, and held the lead for much of the first half, benefiting from some inattentive defence by Australia, which conceded seven penalties in the half, all scored. The Skippies found some rhythm in the final minutes of the half, though, which continued in the first few minutes of the second half, as they scored seven goals unanswered to take control. Craig Miller was particularly effective. A spectacular Ashlee Othen goal, converting a running in shot from an intercept, was decisive leaving China an insurmountable five goal deficit with ten minutes to play. Final score: 20-14.

When the top two seeds in Group A met in the following game, the outcome contrasted significantly to the Australia-China match. Making it first appearance at this tournament, defending IKF Asia Oceania korfball champion Chinese-Taipei accounted for host Hong Kong with effortless ease, displaying their dynamism, speed and shooting prowess. Superstar Ricky Wu scored six in the first half as his team demonstrated its superiority for an 18-5 half time lead. His show ceased soon after when he was one of a rash of substitutions made by the respective coaches. Scoring was more sedate after that, and although Hong Kong achieved parity with five second goals apeice, the result was a foregone conclusion: 23-10 to Chinese Taipei.

Superior shooting by Macau produced a win over Indonesia, playing its second match of the day, which nevertheless was its strongest performance of the tournament so far. Ka U Chao scoring seven for Macau.

In the final game, for the second day in succession, New Zealand again struggled to overcome a lower ranked opponent, though ultimately produced a more convincing performance to beat Korea, thanks in large part to Rosa Cooper. Introduced to the game just before half time, her shooting accuracy countered the Korean’s strong rebounding and her five second half goals proved the difference as New Zealand prevailed by 11-5. Like Malaysia, New Zealand has assured it will remain in medal contention beyond the group games.

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IKF AOKC Day One – games go according to rankings

Day One of the IKF AOKC ended in four wins for the higher ranked teams, though some of the nations in the earlier stages of their development showed they could spring a surprise before the end of the week.

New Zealand v Japan

In the first game of the tournament, Korea provided spirited opposition to the host team, at least initially. Going to half time 9-4 behind, Korea stayed within touching distance for most of the match, although inaccurate shooting let them down. In the last few minutes, after a number of substitutions, Hong Kong expanded its winning margin to a more comfortable 17-6.

Game Two, in Pool B, was dominated by China, which brought a robust style of korfball to the tournament that was too much for the gallant but inexperienced Indonesia team. China won with ease: 25-4, captain Liang Shuaishuai leading the way with six. A number of breaks in the game, for injuries and at one stage a bent korf, meant that, with real playing time the game over-ran the schedule by about 20 minutes.

Malaysia and Macau met in the third game, also in Pool B, with both continuing the level of physicality that China had exhibited in the previous game, playing with strong determination to win. Although Malaysia edged in front, Macau stayed in touch, benefiting from the recent joint training sessions that they had prior to the tournament with Australia. In the end, in the final quarter of the game, Malaysia pulled away to a 15-8 win, Wan Li Ker scoring five and Randy Ho Kang Lip scoring four.

In the final game, Japan gave New Zealand a much tougher battle than the IKF rankings would indicate, staying level until the final minute of the first half, when the Kiwis finally pulled ahead by two, and matching them again goal for goal in a low scoring second half for a final score of 11-9. Sho Furuki stood out for Japan, scoring five.

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