Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Turks, Koreans play for keeps
Mutual respect obvious after hosts lose third-place match
DAEGU, South Korea — The bronze-medal match at the World Cup was played with an intensity befitting a championship match as Turkey edged co-host South Korea 3-2 yesterday.
While teams have treated the third-place game as a consolation prize in the past, the Turks and the Koreans went at each other hammer and tongs in a bid to continue making soccer history for their respective countries.
From Ankara to Istanbul, Turkey demonstrated its pride in its soccer team’s stunning return to the World Cup after a 48-year absence.
In Turkey’s last World Cup appearance in 1954, the side failed to make it beyond the first round.
Thousands danced, screamed and waved red and white Turkish flags in Kizilay square in the capital Ankara.
“My team gave Turks hope and happiness,” said Turkish coach Send Gunes.
Today’s final between Germany and Brazil began at 6 a.m. (CBC), yet in Berlin’s Kruezberg district, which has the largest Turkish community outside of the homeland, they were celebrating already as hundreds of cars and waving flags rolled down the main street of Oranienstrasse after the final whistle blew.
There was a lot at stake in the bronze medal match, with both countries in the final four for the first time.
Veteran striker Hakan Sukur scored the fastest goal in World Cup history
just 11 seconds in, taking advantage of a Korean defence in disarray, and setting the tone of the game for Turkey.
The previous quickest goal was 15 seconds scored by Vaclav Masek of the former Czechoslovakia against Mexico in 1962.
Sakur set up two others for 21-year-old Ilhan Mansiz, a replacement in the starting 11 for injured Hasan Sas, to give the Turks a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Going into yesterday’s match, Sukur had been scoreless in six previous matches and his status as Turkey’s star was in question.
“I’m so happy for Hakan,” Mansiz said. “He was under intense pressure. The press, the people, all were on to him because he hadn’t scored a goal here — it was a big relief for us and him.”
South Korea pressed hard in the last IO minutes, requiring some acrobatics on the part of Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber.
Song Chong-gug scored deep into injury time to narrow the gap and give the sea of 65,000, red-clad fans one last chance to cheer.
Korean midfielder Lee Eul-yong deadlocked the game at 1-1 with a curling 25-yard free kick in the ninth minute, but Mansiz responded with goals in the 13th and 32nd minute that sunk the hopes of the home team.
Canadian official Hector Vergara of Winnipeg served as assistant referee to
"J would've liked to get third place — desperately, hut we made some big mistakes in the first half in defence."
KOREAN COACH GUUS HIDDINK
head official Saad Mane of Kuwait. It was the sixth match of the World Cup for Vergara, 35.
Vergara and the other officials received medals along with the players for their work during the game.
In a touching scene following the game, the Turkish and Korean players linked arms and took bows together to each side of the stadium.
Some of the Turkish players had their children perched on their shoulders when they received their bronze medals.
The Turks lost twice, both times to Brazil — a 2-1 loss in the first round and a 1-0 defeat in Wednesday’s semifinal.
The South Koreans had conquered Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain and were unbeaten until a 1-0 semifinal loss to Germany and then the defeat to the Turks.
“I would’ve liked to get third place — desperately,” said South Korea’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, who also guided the Netherlands to fourth in France in 1998. “But we made some big mistakes in the first half in defence.
“When I see and hear the public reacting to the team and what they did in the second half, I can be very proud in general of these guys.”
Meanwhile, Brazil was expected to come to a standstill this morning while its team battled Germany for world soccer supremacy.
Either one or the other of the two countries has been in every World Cup final since the Second World War — with the exception of 1978 — but today marks the first time they have met in the tournament.
— Associated PressTurkish striker Ilhan Mansiz leaps over sliding Korean keeper Lee Woon Jae after chipping in his second goal and the game-winner yesterday.
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Mitch Olson watches his base hit during a bantam exhibition game yesterday at the Bd diamond.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Shortstop has busy schedule
By Rob Henderson
Mitch Olson will have to deal with some divided loyalties next weekend.
Olson, the Brandon Sun athlete of the week, pitches and plays shortstop for the Brandon Elite Communications AAA bantam baseball team and for his hometown Deloraine entry in the Oil Dome bantam league.
The problem is, next weekend Olson’s Deloraine Royals will play a qualifying series for the provincial bantam A championship and many of his AAA teammates will be in the opposite dugout.
“We’re coming in to play Brandon July fifth, sixth, seventh in a three game series to see who goes to provincials in Neepawa,” said Olson. “I’ll be playing these guys. It’s going to be weird.”
Olson has played in the past for the Oil Dome regional A team but, with a shortage of players in the region this year, he joined up with Brandon’s AAA team along with Andrew Williams of Waskada and Landon White of Boissevain.
“It’s good,” Olson said of his experience with the Brandon team. “I haven’t gotten to play much because I’ve been with my (Deloraine) team and we’ve had games on the same dates but every time I’ve played (with Brandon) we’ve done pretty good.”
Olson, 14, is also active in hockey. A self-proclaimed “stay-at-home” defenceman, he was captain of the Royals peewee team that competed at the Manitoba Games in the Pas last winter.
Olson, who enters Grade 9 this fall, plans to add another sport to his repertoire. He said he’d like to play high school basketball.
However, baseball remains his bread and butter
“I think I’m a little better in baseball so I enjoy it more," he said. “I’m not the greatest hockey player, but I try my best.
“I’d like to try and play college (baseball) and see what I can do from there. Try and get into a college in the States somewhere where baseball’s really competitive.”
A number of players from Westman have recendy gone on to play university baseball and Olson is thankful to have those footsteps in which to follow.
“It’s good to see guys from here play in university,” Olson said. “It really helps the kids who want to be like that.”
Pooley catches fire at Open
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After the twisting putt rolled into the cup on the 18th hole, Don Pooley held his club skyward and flashed a broad smile to the appreciative gallery.
The 18-footer for par capped a record-setting round of 8-under-par 63 that thrust Pooley into the lead Saturday after three rounds of the U.S Senior Open.
Pooley made an amazmg nine birdies at the difficult 7,005-yard Caves Valley Golf Club. He set a tournament record for low score over 18 holes and finished the day at 9-under 204, three shots ahead of Tom Watson and second-round leader Walter Hall.
“A lot of great things happened today,” said Pooley, seeking his first win in a PGA event since the 1987 Memorial. “I hit good shots at times, I got good bounces at times and obviously putted very well. It was a fun round to play.”
Watson shot a 69, and Hall bogeyed the final two holes for a 72.
Ed Dougherty made five birdies en route to
a 68 that left him four shots back, and Tom Kite was at 209 after a wild 73 that included five bogeys and a double bogey.
Dave Barr, of Kelowna, B.C., shot a 72 for a 218 total.
Pooley started the day with a birdie on No.
I, but on the second hole missed a 15-foot putt for his lone bogey. He then birdied six of the next eight holes to get into contention at 7 under.
After five straight pars, Pooley used a birdies on No. 16 to move into the lead for the first time, then made an 18-foot birdie putt on 17 to set up a rousing ending on 18.
“Those were two great putts, a great way to finish,” he said.
The curling putt on 18, however, was the one he savoured most.
“It broke at least two feet and I had a lot of speed to work with there,” Pooley said. “When that went in, I was a little surprised. But good things happened all day.”
In a tournament that features such names as
Kite, Watson, Hale Irwin and Arnold Palmer, Pooley became the third straight relative unknown to finish the day with the lead. E.W. Eaks started the trend with a 64 Thursday, and Hall took over the top spot Friday.
Now there’s Pooley, a first-time entrant in this tournament who hasn’t done better than ninth place in 14 events this year.
“My game is just starting to come around,” he said. “This would be a good time for it to come all the way around.”
Pooley is seeking to become the sixth player to win the U.S. Senior Open on his first attempt, and the first golfer since Graham Marsh in 1997 to make a third-round lead stand up.
“I honestly don’t know all the benefits of winning a major championship like this would be,” he said. “And I don’t want to be thinking about it when I begin play tomorrow. I want to avoid the temptation of thinking too far ahead.”
— Associated Press
Tantrum helps Inkster
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Juli Inkster birdied five of the last six holes after a blowup on the 13th tee and took a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite Classic yesterday.
First-round leader Kate Golden was in second place after a disastrous double bogey on No. 17, and Annika Sorenstam was again threatening after a second-round 67 left her three shots off the lead in this final tuneup for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Six players were within three shots of the leader but all the focus is going to be Inkster, a Hall of Famer who also had a second-round 67, and Sorenstam, who has won five of the ll LPGA events she has started.
Pat Hurst was m third place at 8 under, and Sorenstam was in a group at 7 under with Lone
Kane of Charlottetown, who shot 70.
Inkster, who started the round at 6 under, was having an up-and-down round when she badly missed a three-footer for par at the par-4,12th hole. That put her four shots behind Golden, who was playing in her threesome.
After hitting an iron to within about 15 feet on the par-3, 13th hole, Inkster took a few steps toward to green and spiked her iron into the grass. She kept walking and her caddie, Greg Johnston, had to go back to retrieve the club.
“Sometimes I have to vent,” said Inkster, who has six top-IO finishes and a win this year.
It worked. Inkster sank the 15-footer. After a par at the 14, Inkster rolled rn birdies of 12, 5, 4 and three feet for finish the 36 holes at the Marriott Seaview Resort at 10-under-par 132.
— Associated Press
Quick start helped settle Manitoban down
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Hnatiuk wasted no time stretching his lead as he birdied his first two holes and went to 14 under.
He birdied the par-5 fifth after chipping up to 2 feet for a two-stroke lead over Begay, Bates and Lancaster.
“I wasn’t thinking right away this is my day or my tournament, but obviously it helped a lot because I had the putter going,” Hnatiuk said.
Not even dropping a stroke with a bogey on No.
6 bothered him. He rebounded with birdies on two of the next three holes as he chipped rn from 25 feet on No. 7, sank a 35-footer on No. 9 and turned at 16 under.
Hnatiuk, who didn’t miss a fairway on Friday, struggled off the tee.
He birdied the par-3 lith with a 10-foot putt then hit a wedge onto the green at the par-4 12th that hit the pin and spun back off the green and into the fringe. He chipped in for birdie from 18 feet that also hit the pin.
Hnatiuk saved par on the next three holes as he hit into the left rough with his drive on No. 13 and two-putted, put his tee shot into the rough left of the green on the par-3 14th and two-putted on No. 15.
Facing a birdie hole on the par-5, 528-yard 16th, Hnatiuk bounced a 3-wood off the green left into the rough.
But he chipped up and tapped in for birdie that put him 18 under with a comfortable edge as he fin
ished with consecutive pars.
Begay got the closest to Hnatiuk on the back nine, getting within two strokes as he birdied No. 16 to go 15 under. He bogeyed No. 18 when he hung a 4-iron
into a bunker right of the green and didn’t get up and down.
Kuchar gave himself a chance as he birdied the final four holes, and he will be paired with Begay on Sunday.
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