Poland vs. Turkey
The second game of the day sees Poland take on the lowest ranked team in the tournament, Turkey. The Polish captain, Marlena Rybacha, wins her 100th cap today. This means that she becomes the most capped player in Polish Women’s Hockey history. I’ve not seen the Turks play much hockey before and Poland, mainly in the indoor competitions, so this could be interesting. The Poles are playing in white vests, with a red trim, whilst Turkey are in red tops, with a white strip.
The first shot of the game comes from Poland. A stinging shot from the top of the circle, brings a deflector pad save from the Turkish keeper Serpil Turker. A minute and a half later, Poland get another chance. Natalia Wisniewska picks the ball up in the circle and smacks it against the pads of the on rushing goalie. This spill through her legs and the trailing defender is unable to keep the ball from crossing the line. 1 – 0 to Poland
The Poles have been dominating this quarter so far, keeping possession high up the pitch. With a little over a minute left before the first break Magdalena Zagajska doubles her team’s lead. This young Turkish team, with an average age of just 21, are looking like they might have a tough time of it now. At quarter time the score is Poland 2 – 0 Turkey.
Five minutes into the second quarter and Turkey challenge the Polish keeper. Coming in from the right hand side, they force the guardian of the backboards to cover the post nearest to her. There’s a lot of hussle to the Poles though and it’s not long before they are sending a couple of shots just wide of the Turkish goal, from the top of the circle. These young Turks are getting more time on the ball though. Number 10 Perihan Kucukkoc is acting as a bit of a play maker in midfield and helping her team to move forward. The turf still seems to be causing a few issues with players on both teams slipping over. There aren’t any goals to report though and the score remains Poland 2 – 0 Turkey at half time.
The second half restarts and Turkey are looking to carry on from the second quarter by keeping their possession high. However they are operating a half court press whenever Poland have the ball. The Poles are really enjoying attacking through the wide channels, with a back line of three, using the left and right backs to stretch the game. This nearly created a third goal, when a move down the right hand side sees the ball flash across the face of the goal, but without the killer touch at the far post. Turkey’s captain Leyla Ozturk gets a knock to the face and requires some treatment on the sidelines. A knock to her compatriot Kardelen Cengiz sees her with a damaged hand and she also has to come off, seemingly unable to hold her stick with that particular appendage. With a little more than three minutes of the third quarter remaining Poland make the score three goals to nil, with another attack down the right hand side. Number 30 Paula Slawinska being the goalscorer.
A minute after they score, Poland get a penalty corner. A shot from the top of the circle sees a good save from the Turkish keeper, who can’t clear it. The ball is sent across the face of her goal, whilst she’s still on the floor and a fourth goal is tapped into an empty net at the back post. Poland 4 – 0 Turkey.
Within 15 seconds of the start of the fourth quarter, The Poles basically stride through the centre of the pitch and score their fifth goal, with Amelia Katerla getting the final touch. In the third minute of the quarter, the ball is spread to the left and then moved into the circle. Another shot at goal and another ball that crosses the line. It’s 6 – 0 now. Magdalena Zagajska gets her second of the game.
Elif Kupeli is now in goal for the Turks and she gives away a short corner, when she narrows the angle on the ball carrier and gets it stuck in her leg pads. The trap from the injection is spilt though and it looks like a counter attack is on, but fizzes out, as Poland get enough numbers back in time. A green card to Turkey’s skipper Ozturk, in the seventh minute. 40 seconds later, Meryem Oymark is also sin binned and now they are down to nine players. They need to be careful now, as they’ve almost run out of space on the naughty step. With six minutes remaining, Poland have a goal disallowed from a short corner. A drag flick is saved by the keeper, but it bounces down back into the circle and is tapped home, but the umpire awards Turkey the free hit for the ball having hit a foot in the melee. Poland are playing keep ball now. Moving it from left to right ands forth. The game ends 6 – 0.