|June 28th, 2011|
|12||Pool B, Pool C||5:00pm||NED - NZL||0 - 0||Final|
Black Sticks grind out draw with Netherlands
New Zealand produced a gritty performance to hold Olympic Champions and host nation The Netherlands to a 0-0 draw, a result which put them into the Medal round at the Rabo FIH Champions Trophy in Amstelveen.
Even though there is still three rounds of matches left to play, New Zealand are now guaranteed a top four finish at an FIH Champions Trophy event for the first time in their history. However, Black Sticks coach Mark Hager will be focussed the minds of his rapidly developing young team, with the aim of achieving a podium finish at the very least.
The match itself was a very tense contest, although both sides had some chances to score what would have been a match winning goal. Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen had two very good chances to score from penalty corners, but failed to establish an advantage. Lidewij Welten and Kim Lammers also went close for The Netherlands, while the Black Sticks players Katie Glynn and Kayla Sharland had the best of the chances for the Black Sticks but could not find a way past Netherlands keeper Floortje Engels.
The result completes the first phase of the competition, with the line ups for Pools C and D now known. Pool C contains the teams that are still in with a shot of winning the title, with Argentina, Korea, Netherlands and New Zealand doing battle. The results of their matches today will count towards their standing in Pool C, with all four teams taking one point into the group as Argentina and Korea also ended with the scores level today.
Pool D will eventually decide the 5th to 8th placed teams, with Australia, China, England and Germany fighting it out. Australia currently lead that group thanks to today’s victory over Germany, who are currently bottom of the pool. England and China’s 0-0 draw earlier in the day sees them sitting mid-table with one point.
Before the match between The Netherlands and New Zealand, Dutch striker Kim Lammers was given credit for player her 150th game, while Black Sticks stars Katie Glynn and Elizabeth Gunson were given credit for playing their 50th internationals as well as Alana Millington who was celebrating her 21st birthday.
Review 12. Netherlands vs New Zealand 0-0 - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011
> Netherlands and New Zealand both progress to Pool C. All four teams progressing bring a draw to Pool C.
> New Zealand record their best Champions Trophy result ever by finishing in the Top 4. They were ranked fifth or sixth in all eight of their previous CT appearances.
> This marked only the second time New Zealand avoided defeat against the Dutch in CT competition after a 2002 draw at the 2002 Champions Trophy.
> The Dutch have now converted 1 of 12 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 Champions Trophy (8%).
> New Zealand have failed to convert any of their 4 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 CT, including one in this match.
> This was New Zealand’s 50th Champions Trophy match. They have now won 7, drawn 11 and lost 32.
> 29 goals have been scored in 12 CT matches so far at Amstelveen 2011. That is 2.4 goals per match, the lowest average ever in a CT edition.
|Match Preview 12. Netherlands vs New Zealand (28 Jun 2011,17:00) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
> The Netherlands are unbeaten in 15 previous world level encounters with New Zealand (CT, WC, OG) recording 14 wins and 1 draw.
> This sole draw came at the 2002 Champions Trophy (2-2).
> Their CT head-to-head record is (7-1-0).
> Last year, the Dutch beat the Black Sticks 3-1 at the Champions Trophy and 7-3 at the 2010 World Cup.
> The Netherlands and Argentina have won their first 2 matches, scored most goals (5) and conceded only one goal at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> The Dutch have converted 1 of 8 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 Champions Trophy (12%).
> Maartje Paumen and Kim Lammers need to score once to equal Ageeth Boomgaardt’s record for Dutch player with most goals in Champions Trophy competition. Boomgaardt scored 17 CT goals (1999 – 2003).
> Maartje Paumen holds the Dutch record for most PC goals in Champions Trophy competition (14).
> Marilyn Agliotti needs one goal to surpass Suzan van der Wielen (10 goals) in fourth place on the all-time Dutch top scorer list in CT competition. Agliotti also scored one CT goal for South Africa which makes her CT career total 11 goals.
> This is New Zealand’s 50th Champions Trophy match. They have won 7 of the previous 49 CT matches (7-10-32). Their first CT match came on 21 June 1987 against Australia (0-8).
> New Zealand have won 2 of their last 3 CT matches; 3-2 against Australia at Amstelveen 2011 and 4-3 vs China in the final 5-6 of the 2010 CT.
> New Zealand went down 1-0 to Germany in their first match the 2011 Champions Trophy but went on to beat Australia 3-2.
> New Zealand failed to convert any of their 3 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 CT.
> The players in the current New Zealand squad have scored a total of 11 CT.
> At the 2010 World Cup, Krystal Forgesson scored all 3 New Zealand goals in their 7-3 defeat against the Netherlands.
> In 2010, Clarissa Eshuis became the last Back Stick to score against the Netherlands in Champions Trophy competition.
> New Zealand have always finishes fifth (4 times) or sixth (4 times) in eight previous CT appearances.
> Five players in the current New Zealand squad played in the Dutch league last season: Lucy Talbot, Anita Punt (KZ), Emily Naylor, Krystal Forgesson (HGC) and Gemma Flynn (Kampong).
> Clarissa Eshuis’ idol is Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer, who is the partner of Dutch hockey player Naomi van As.