JPN v NZL (Pool A)

Champions Challenge 1 2014 (M)

Match Date Time Pool/Class Venue
05 2014-04-27 15:00 Pool A
Previous 11 months ago Next
Japan 1 - 6 (0 - 4)
New Zealand


New Zealand demonstrated their strength by taking home a massive 6-1 win over Japan at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1. Securing their second win in Kuantan, the Black Sticks are now top of pool A while the Samurais suffered their first defeat in this tournament.

“We are very pleased that we were able to take our chances”, said New Zealand’s captain Dean Couzins. “With two wins we are in a good position now although the last three matches are the most important ones. We are looking forward to the quarter finals.”

The Black Sticks, playing in white today, were first to score when Steve Edwards (6’) slotted in from close range. Kane Russell (12’) doubled the lead soon after, firing home a penalty corner. Because of the hot weather conditions this match was also played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each.

As soon as the second quarter had started, the Black Sticks extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to an Alex Shaw (19’) field goal. Just before halftime Simon Child (34’) added another goal, making the score 4-0. 

In the second half, Russell (38’) added his second goal of the game with a skilful dragflick. Japan’s consolation goal was scored by Ippei Fujimoto (53’). Another promising Kiwi attack saw Phil Burrows linking well with Stephen Jenness (59’) to cross the line again.

New Zealand, who have qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup starting on May 31st in The Hague, were too strong for Japan winning this match 6-1.



Goal Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NZL 5 31 EDWARDS Steve FG 0 - 1
NZL 11 21 RUSSELL Kane PC 0 - 2
NZL 19 19 SHAW Alex FG 0 - 3
NZL 34 6 CHILD Simon FG 0 - 4
NZL 38 21 RUSSELL Kane PC 0 - 5
JPN 52 9 FUJIMOTO Ippei FG 1 - 5
NZL 59 27 JENNESS Stephen FG 1 - 6

Card Detail

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type Umpire
JPN 5 7 ONO Tomonori G
NZL 52 31 EDWARDS Steve G
NZL 54 6 CHILD Simon G

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire BALE Bruce (ENG)
Umpire CONN Geoff (IRL)
Reserve Umpire SHRIVES Ayden (RSA)
Judge MUTHUKUMAR Balakrishan (MAS)
Judge APPOO Ramesh (SIN)
Technical Officer MARSH Gary (AUS)
Tournament Director DECKENBROCK Christian (GER)
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