The Asian Pacific Championships (APAC) continued in Korea. On Friday there were two Women´s matches and three Men´s matches played.
In the Women´s tournament Japan won both matches on Friday and therefore secured their 1st place in the Championships.
The Women´s tournament will end on Saturday, but Japan played their last two matches already on Friday. In the morning match Japan won Korea with result 16-2. The women of the match was Yui Takahashi, who scored six goals for Japan.
In the evening match Singapore challenged Japan. The stakes were high in this match, with a victory Singapore would also had a chance to win the tournament. Singapore got a good start for the match when Debbie Huei Pin Poh scored already in the third minute. Japan tied the match before the intermission, but in the second period Poh kept Singaporean hopes up by scoring 2-1 lead to Singapore. The better individual skills of Japan players in general turned the match to Japan after half of the match was played. In the third period Eriko Sugimo scored 4-2 to Japan and this was also the result of the tight match.
Japan Women´s team won all their matches in the APAC 2009 and took the Asian Pacific Champion title to Japan for the second time in the history.
Men´s tournament continued with big victories
Team Japan continued their strong game against young Singaporean team in the morning. Japan took an easy 26-0 victory from Singapore. The most effective scorer was Tatsuro Tajima, who scored six times.
Also Korea took clear victory from India with result 34-1. Korean player Hyun Jong Lee had a great evening, he scored ten goals in the match and assisted one goal. Although the loss was big for India, they were managed to score their first goal in the tournament. The goal was scored by Amandeep Singh and assisted by Gursewak Singh Brar.
The last match of the evening was between Australia and Malaysia. Although Australia was the favourite in this match, Malaysia fought well for the victory. Jonathan Veron (2+1) and David Speldewinde (2+1) took 2-0 lead for Aussies in the first period. In the second period Malaysia narrowed the lead twice and after two periods the score was 4-2 for Australia. Malaysia had improved their defence work and made a fair effort in the match. In the third period the better passing game of Australia made the needed difference and Australia won the match with result 8-3.
In the Men´s category there is still exitement left for the last two days of the tournament. The top three teams, Japan, Australia and Korea, will meet each other during last two days and points from those matches will be valuable in the winning battle.
See all results and statistics from IFF APAC 2009 page.