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Asian Cup in Donghae
On Wednesday 23rd October 2019 the last masters hockey tournament under the aegis of WGMA drew to a close as the playoff final of the 60+ men’s competition was played between Japan and Malaysia.
After early domination by Malaysia, resulting in a two goal lead, Japan fought back into the match and they swarmed through the midfield for much of the rest of the match. However, uncertainty in their defensive circle and several missed chances in the attacking D, in addition to many missed short corners, meant that Japan were unable to score a goal and find their way back into the match.
The Malaysians were technically assured with a controlled build-up and it was not really surprising when they scored a spectacular third goal: their number 13 had the ball just inside the D with his back to the Japanese goal and he scooped the ball over the entire defence and out of reach for the goalkeeper.
Thus Malaysia won 3-0 and became Asian 60+ champions.
Japan were compensated, however, by victory in the 65+ competition, which was played as a round robin tournament including 3 TT teams playing as non-competitive guests.
The competitions were played at Donghae Sunrise International Hockey Centre, which has two blue water-filled astroturf pitches in excellent condition.
The hospitality and generosity of our Korean hosts was exemplary and everyone who took part will no doubt treasure their memories of their week in Donghae, a small town and port in the east of Korea that sees the sunrise before the rest of Korea (hence the name of the hockey centre). Our thanks are due to everyone who helped to organise and run this last WGMA event.
The tournament dinner was an epicurean delight, both in the range of dishes on offer and the amount of food available. Many players will no doubt require extra training during the next few weeks to regain their former weight.