The world’s top two women’s hockey nations put their stamp on the Hockey5s competition as the Netherlands opened their campaign with double digits against Fiji, while Argentina secured their second shutout in as many matches.
The final women’s match was the closest match in the competition yet, as China wrestled down Uruguay with a pair of goals from Zhang Jinrong.
Zambia’s men y danced to an 8-1 win against European hockey giants Germany, with Alfred Chola Mbande contributing a total of four goals. After the final whistle, the Zambian men cheered their women’s team to a strong middle third against New Zealand but it wasn’t enough to deny the Blacksticks victory.
On the men’s side, four goals from Mackenzie Warne guided Australia to victory over Bangladesh, while Spain showed excellent tactical discipline in a lively encounter to take victory against Canada. With this, Spain also took the top of the table in the men’s Pool A.
New Zealand and Mexico concluded today’s action at the hockey venue, with the Kiwis storming to an 8-1 win that sees them sit atop Pool B at the end of today.
Netherlands – Fiji 17:0 (5:0; 10:0)
New Zealand – Zambia 10:5 (3:0; 7:4)
Argentina – South Africa 9:0 (3:0; 7:0)
China – Uruguay 2:0 (1:0; 2:0)
Australia – Bangladesh 5:2 (1:0; 3:1)
Germany – Zambia 1:8 (0:2; 0:3)
Spain – Canada 6:3 (2:1; 2:1)
New Zealand – Mexico 8:1 (4:0; 7:0)
Source and photograph: FIH.ch