27.06.2015, Brussels; In the Women’s World League, we are really pleased that Italy, The Netherlands and the hosts Belgium are through to the quarter finals. France and Poland are going home having not made it through. However the EHF President, Marijke Fleuren had this to say about the French girls who arrived without any preparation following the last minute withdrawal of Azerbaijan ‘We salute the French team, they have real Olympic spirit: ‘Ce nest point le triomphe, mais le combat.’

• Reigning World, Olympic & HWL champions the Netherlands play India while New Zealand to face-off against Japan

• Korea to meet Belgium while Australia face Italy as race for HWL Final and Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues

Following the completion of the pool phase at the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, the line-up for the cross-over quarter-final matches has been confirmed. The top three finishers in the event will not only seal a place at the end of year Hockey World League Final in Argentina but also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maartje Paumen scored a hat-trick against Italy as the Netherlands finished top of Pool A, with Oranje now facing a quarter-final match-up against India, Pool B’s fourth placed team.
In Pool B, Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were on target as New Zealand defeated Belgium’s Red Panthers to seal a first place finish and will now meet Japan in the last eight.
The other two quarter-finals – which take place on Tuesday 30th June – will see Korea taking on Belgium and Australia doing battle with Italy as the race for the Hockey World League Final and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues.
Women’s quarter-final day will commence with the 9-10 classification match, with the first quarter-final getting underway at 13:00pm local time in Antwerp.

The quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday 30th June with the running order as follows (local time – CEST):

9th-10th 10:30 France v Poland
QF 13:00 Australia v Italy
QF 15:30 New Zealand v Japan
QF 18:00 Netherlands v India
QF 20:30 Korea v Belgium

More details about the men’s and women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals including match highlights, imagery, reports as well as all tournament information can be found on www.fih.ch.

Source material: FIH.CH

Photograph: Italy celebrates! (Grant Treeby (c))