10 February 2011

Namibia: National Team Hammered in Hockey World Cup Debut

NAMIBIA's debut at the Indoor Hockey World Cup will be one that the teams will want to quickly forget as they were hammered by favourites Germany and Belarus on Tuesday.

The men were walloped 18-0 by defending champions Germany while the women suffered 12-0 at the hands of Belarus.

In the men's game, Germany dominated from the onset after winning their first penalty corner in the first minute when the ball was adjudged to have touched a Namibian defender's foot. Although the penalty corner hit the post, Oscar Deecke was able to convert the rebound.

Afterwards the Namibian defence, marshalled by goalkeeper Stanley Witbooi, momentarily fended off German attacks until the eighth minute. The Germans, who slowed the tempo, could have lead higher by this time but made too many technical mistakes.

However when Benjamin Wess scored their second, they upped the pace and Tobias Hauke, Deecke, Moritz Fürste and two goals from Thilo Stralkowski gave them a commanding 7-0 halftime lead.

Namibia struggled to keep up with their superior opponents in the second half as they were pressed into their own half. Substitute goalkeeper David Strauss introduction did little to reinvigorate the side as he conceded four goals within five minutes. The free-scoring Deecke breached his defence twice,with Christopher Zeller and Wess securing Germany an 11-0 lead after just 27 minutes.

The crowd however cheered for Namibia every time they stopped a German attack. After Germany scored their 16th goal, Strauss gave way to Witbooi, who saw Stralkowski scoring the 17-0.

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