D-day in Delhi for Hockey World Cup finals

2010-03-11 00:00

THE finalists in the 2010 Hockey World Cup will de decided in Delhi today when defending champions Germany meet England and Australia face the Netherlands.

South Africa, meanwhile, will meet New Zealand in tomorrow’s play-off for ninth place. The SA match will be live on SuperSport 7 from noon tomorrow.

Inexplicably, today’s semi-finals will not be televised, although the sports channel is at least screening the final, which takes place on Saturday (SuperSport 7 from 2.35 pm).

A spokesperson for SuperSport told The Witness late yesterday afternoon that “broadcast rights were for the South African games only, unfortunately, as well as the final”.

It is hardly a satisfactory answer, made even more incomprehensible when one considers the considerable amount of coverage other low-profile sports receive.

To not even televise the semi-finals of a four-yearly showpiece event beggars belief. The 2006 Hockey World Cup semi-finals in Mönchengladbach, Germany were televised live, what’s so different this time?

SuperSport’s channel scheduler had not responded at the time of going to print.

Germany won Pool A on Tuesday after beating world number eight New Zealand 5-2, while world number four the Netherlands went down 2-1 to the fifth-ranked South Korea.

The Koreans, who still ended third in Pool A despite their win, must be feeling particularly gutted, as they ended on equal points with the Dutch, but lost out by a goal difference of two.

New Zealand, too, will reflect on how they ended equal on points with fourth-placed Argentina, but ended fifth in the pool due to an inferior goal difference of two.

Final Pool A log: 1. Germany 11 pts; 2. Netherlands +10GD, 10 pts; 3. South Korea +8GD, 10 pts; 4. Argentina –2GD, 6 pts; 5. New Zealand –4GD, 6 pts; 6. Canada 0 pts.

FIXTURES

Thursday: (11/12) Canada vs Pakistan; (semi-final 1) Germany vs England; (semi-final 2) Australia vs Netherlands.

Friday: (9/10) New Zealand vs South Africa (SS7 from noon); (7/8) Argentina vs India; (5/6) South Korea vs Spain.

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