The final day saw some excellent Korfball played.

In the first match of the day, Korea were able to overcome Macau to take 7th place.

Malaysia made an interesting strategic move, starting some of their top players on the bench against New Zealand and in the end it seemed a good decision with those fresh players coming on to rout the Kouru’s, scoring 12-6 in the second half, to take the lead and 5th place.

In the 3rd/4th match, Hong Kong were favourites, but China showed us a glimpse of the future (?) taking a lead early on, before conceding it for a few minutes in the second half only to surge and take it back and hold off the Hong Kong team to win 3rd Place in this tournament.

In the Final, Chinese Taipei stormed away to an 8-1 lead in the first 5 minutes, after which the scoring pattern evened out somewhat, Australia going into Half Time with a 10 goal deficit 23-13.

With 15 minutes remaining in the match and scores 30-16, the tone of the match changed. Fresh players entered the contest and the scoring rate increased markedly. 25 goals were scored in the period, Chinese Taipei taking the win 45-27.

Overall this has been an impressive tournament for Australia. Scoring 27 goals against one of the world’s best teams in a Tournament Final is very encouraging, no matter the losing margin, no player wants to concede goals to an opponent.

The team also showed excellent spirit and resilience in their challenging Pool and Crossover matches against China and Hong Kong.

The performance of China is encouraging for the region and the sport, whilst also being a little bit scary! The Chinese will continue to improve and we wont see them again until November 2015 at the World Championships in Belgium.

This tournament has gone swimmingly well for the Australian Team but this match was always going to be the measuring stick, if the team could make it. Hong Kong were the best match against the U23 team in the Asia-Oceania tournament held in Adelaide 2 years ago and were anticipated to again be a close match to the Open team.

Interestingly these Cross Finals were played under normal 25 minute halves rather than the 20 minutes real time that we’ve seen in other matches so far.

Our team started confidently, breaking out to a 3 goal lead in the early minutes and holding that lead to the 12th minute 6-3 after which Hong Kong drew level to be 6-6.

After a Time-Out, Australia managed to pull clear again and went into Half Time 10-8 up.

It was goal for goal early in the second until Hong Kong managed to string 2 goals together to again draw level. They missed a penalty but quickly scored again and one more time to take a 2 goal lead for the first time in the match.

2 successive Australian goals from a Free Pass and then a Penalty drew the scores level again and Hong Kong stopped play with a Time-Out in the 35th minute in an attempt to allay any Australian momentum.

It didn’t work however, as Australia got their shooting boots on to score 7 goals to 2 in the final 15 minutes of play. Winning 21-16.

In other matches of Day 5, Japan held out Indonesia to take 9th place.

Malaysia and New Zealand both held of their opponents (Korea and Macau) to draw each other again for the 5th/6th playoff. Korea and Macau will play off for 7th/8th.

And it was not unexpected when Chinese Taipei easily defeated China 38-19 in the final match of the day.

Australia play Chinese Taipei in the Grand Final this afternoon commencing 5:00pm (EST). Watch Live Here

Australia will play Hong Kong tonight for a place in the Final after Hong Kong easily accounted for Malaysia 18-9 in the final match of Day 5.

In the other Quarter Final Crossover match, China stormed into the other Semi Final (to play Chinese Taipei), smashing New Zealand 23-7.

Korea showed that they have learned a lot through this tournament by with a commanding 20-3 win over Indonesia.

And in the closest match of the tournament, Macau overcame a resurgent Japan to win 16-14.

Today’s matches should see some tough encounters.

Japan face Indonesia to decide 9th/10th place.

New Zealand match up against Macau and Malaysia face Korea. The losers from these matches will play off for 7th/8th and the winners for 5th/6th tomorrow.

Australia play’s Hong Kong in Prime Time from 8:50pm (EST) Watch Live on YouTube

and then China are the unfortunate team to face Chinese Taipei in the final match of the day.

Another day of big margins commenced with Australia playing Indonesia. Our team was dominant throughout the match, leading 17-0 at Half Time and coasting to victory 36-4.

Chinese Taipei was next up against Korea, and easily accounted for their opponents 40-15.

The most relevant match of the day was between China and Malaysia to decide the Second Placing of Pool B. China were in control from the start going into half time 13-8 leaders. In the second half, Malaysia appeared to tire and the Chinese ran away with the match 29-11.

After opening the scoring in their match against Hong Kong, Japan conceded the next 12 goals, going into Half Time, 16-4 down. Hong Kong continued their dominance in the second half, winning 35-10.

New Zealand lost a player early in their match against Chinese Taipei, but the Taiwanese were not merciful.. They slammed on 16 goals to nil before the “Koru’s” were able to score. The positive for NZ, was that their team was able to keep Chinese Taipei below 40 goals for the match, but Chinese Taipei won easily, 38-5.

Australia again took to the court for the final Pool Match against their pre-tournament hosts Macau. There was lots of friendly pre-match banter, and although the vastly more experienced Australian team went easy on their new friends, the winning margin was still vast, the match finishing 25-6.

Today sees the crossover finals to determine the contenders for the Semi Finals and the 7th-8th playoff.

Hong Kong-Malaysia should be an easy win for Hong Kong

China-New Zealand will be a good test for NZ, but expect China to win.

Japan-Macau and Korea-Indonesia ought to be tightly fought, competitive matches.

Australia and Chinese Taipei (as pool leaders) both have a rest day today before facing the winner of Hong Kong-Malaysia and China-New Zealand respectively tomorrow.

Well as anticipated, Day 3 was full of lopsided contests. Chinese Taipei defeated Japan 45-11, quite possibly a record breaking scoreline, equating to a goal every 42 seconds of play!
China demonstrated that they are clearly favourites for second place in Pool B by despatching Macau 42-5.
Australia easily accounted for Malaysia 23-3 to almost guarantee top place in Pool B (it’s difficult to imagine Australia losing to either Macau or Indonesia today) and Hong Kong wrapped up the day by slowly drawing the lead away from New Zealand 21-7 to pretty much confirm Second place in Pool A.

It’s important to note that these results were not unexpected. All of the losing countries were facing opponents that have many years more experience of Korfball (let alone International Competition) and came to these Championships to learn from their peers. The matches were played in good spirit by both sides, respect shown by acknowledging good play but also by punishing errors.

Australia face another two developing teams today, playing both Indonesia, 3:20pm (EST) and Macau (their pre-tournament hosts) 10:50pm (EST). Assuming wins in both those matches, the team will have a rest day tomorrow before likely facing Hong Hong (or potentially New Zealand) to decide who has to meet up with Chinese Taipei in the final.

Probably the most anticipated match of today is China – Malaysia 6:20pm (EST), the deciding match for Second Place in Pool B.

Australia’s first match in this tournament was also it’s most important match of the Pool stage. Facing up against China and likely the battle for top place of Pool B.

From the outset, the Australians looked in control in Offence but completely panicked in defence, frustratingly giving away Penalty after Penalty, amounting to 7 of China’s 10 first half goals!
It was the only thing keeping China competitive in the match and after cleaning up the defence toward the end of the first half, our team was able to slow China’s scoring to a trickle and take a 12-10 lead into half time.
The second half saw Australia extend the lead with 3 quick goals and hold a 5 goal margin despite 2 Chinese Time-Outs and substitutions. Final Score was 20-14.

The team is very excited with the win but has to back up today against a confident Malaysian side. Match start 7:20pm (Eastern Time).

In the other Top Seed clash of the day, Chinese Taipei confirmed their favourite status, totally eclipsing Hong Kong in the first half to lead 18-5 at Half Time. 10 substitutions just following Half Time and another 5 subs 10 minutes later, saw the scoring slow considerably, the final score, a modest 23-10 win to Chinese Taipei.

Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Macau were the other winners of the day.

 

Some big margins are to be expected across all of today’s matches, Chinese Taipei playing Japan, Hong Kong against New Zealand, China against Macau and as previously mentioned Australia against Malaysia. It would be a huge upset if any of the First Named teams were to lose.

No big surprises from Day 1’s results. Apart, perhaps, from how quickly a 20 minute (real time – clock stops at every whistle) half passes!

Hong Kong (17-6) and China (25-4) easily accounted for their opponents, Korea and Indonesia respectively.

Malaysia slowly drew out a lead against Macau before racing away in the second half (15-8) and New Zealand scrabbled a win (11-9) over Japan.

Most unusual moments of the day surely Hong Kong and Korea activating 10 player substitutions between them within a 2 minute period, surely a record!
And the China-Indonesia match being delayed mid-match by a bent Korf!

 

Don’t forget Australia play probably their most important match of the Pool rounds against China tonight, surely the battle for Top Place in Pool B, watch it live here from 6:20pm (Eastern Time).

Great news for International Korfball fans, Hong Kong Korfball are planning to Live stream all matches from the 2014 Asia-Oceania Korfball Chamiponships via their Youtube Channel.

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The bad news is that the the Opening Ceremony video was very low resolution with lots of compression artifacts. Hopefully the match footage is better quality, we’ll soon know cause Match 1 is due to start in minutes as I write this.

Australia’s first match against China is tomorrow, Monday 18th, from 18:20 Eastern Time..

 

UPDATE: Streaming quality has improved for the matches. Some big margins have been posted so we’re starting to see the shape of the tournament forming.

The Australian Team for Asia-Oceania Championships is:
Kia Rogers (Adelaide Boomers)
Ashlee Othen (Blacks)
Theresa Coletti (Arista)
Jess Phillips (North Adelaide)
Jess May (BMMKA)
Megan Marks (Glenelg)
Emily Hutchesson (North Adelaide)
Jess Crispe (North Adelaide)

Adam Robertson (Blacks)
Daniel Phillips (Arista)
Andrew Hutchesson (Arista)
Patrick Branford (Glenelg)
Josh Berney (Adelaide Boomers)
Craig Miller (Blacks)
Sam Wetherall (Glenelg)

The team is a good mix of experience (some players with multiple representative caps) and youth. They fly out to Hong Kong on Monday 12th August with their first match scheduled for Monday 18th at 6:20pm (EST) against China.

At this stage, we are unsure whether matches will be live-streamed, but given the open internet access that is available in Hong Kong, there is a good chance. Details will be posted here as soon as they are made available.

After the first match, Australia plays
Malaysia, Tuesday 19th at 7:20pm (EST)
and two (!) matches on Wednesday 20th
Indonesia at 3:20pm (EST), and
Macau at 10:40pm (EST).

All of Australia’s Pool opponents are relatively new to the International scene with China the major anticipated threat. Despite these unknowns, the team is confident that they can make the top 2 of the Pool, ideally finishing top to avoid facing the region’s powerhouse team, Chinese Taipei, until the Final.

More info at Korfball.org

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