The win against Mongolia was not immediately convincing, but the Belgian Cats knew that too. “The head is now off”, it was said after the first match and that was also apparent in the second match of the Belgian women at this tournament.
Against an all in all weak Egypt, the Cats never ran into trouble. The defensive intensity, which was already good in the 1st match, was maintained and the simple misses were thrown overboard.
Becky Massey continued on her fine elan and the shots of Julie Vanloo and Laure Resimont now fell. Egypt didn’t know how to make arrows and had to watch as Belgium, with the support of the fans, waltzed to a convincing victory: 19-6.
With the 2 out of 2 and the forfeit of the Dominican Republic, the Belgian Cats are already sure of a place in the next round. Nevertheless, Friday’s game against Poland still has all the importance, because the group winner can go directly to the quarter-finals and therefore gets extra rest.
The duel against Poland will be a first real test for the Belgian women at this World Cup, because the Polish women have already shown today that they are cut from a different cloth than Egypt and Mongolia.
“After our first match, we looked at what could be done better and we took that with us to this match. We tackled that and it went well,” said Becky Massey after the win against Egypt.
“Our goal was to start today with two victories. The tone has been set. We can be proud of this.”
“We now have to analyze our strengths and weaknesses and scout Poland as best we can to see how they are. The ambition is to win our group.”