|December 11th, 2011|
|24||Gold||6:05pm||AUS - ESP||1 - 0 (0 - 0)||Final||x 15|
Australia have made history by becoming the first team to win four FIH Champions Trophy tournaments in succession following a 1-0 win over Spain in the Gold medal game of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy.
Eddie Ockenden was in the right place at the right time to force home a penalty corner rebound eleven minutes from the end of the game, giving the mighty Kookaburras a stunning success in Auckland, New Zealand.
The match was an incredibly close contest, with both sides enjoying periods of domination. Spain arguably had the better of the first half and could easily have been ahead when Roc Oliva and David Alegre saw their efforts miss the target. Newly-crowned FIH Young Player of the Year Matthew Swann also produced an outstanding tackle on Spain's Edi Tubau just was the striker was about to shoot in the dying moments of the first half.
Tempers began to flair at the start of the second half, causing umpire Hamish Jamson to inform team captains Jamie Dwyer and Santi Freixa that their sides need to cool it. As the match progressed, the world champions began to assert their authority and went close to opening the scoring through Timothy Deavin and Jason Wilson, but the outstanding Spanish defence held firm.
In the 59th minute, Australia scored the crucial goal from a penalty corner, with Eddie Ockenden following up to volley home moments after Spain keeper Francisco Cortes saved Luke Doerner's flicked effort from the top. Although the Spanish rallied hard towards the end, the all-conquering Australians closed the game out to add yet another trophy to their ever growing collection.
"It was a typical final," said Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth in the post match press conference. " It was very tough. We played much better than our first game against Spain, which was good. The one or two chances that Spain had came from out errors so if we can iron them out we will be a very tough team to beat."
Five time FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer was also pleased with the performance of his team. "I'm very proud to win it again ... Spain came here with a point to prove after the disappointment of the Euros and did just that so we are very happy to win."
Spain captain Santi Freixa was quick to congratulate Australia on their win, but was also keen to state his feelings about his team's return to form here in Auckland. "We are all very proud of ourselves", said Freixa, who was named as the player of the tournament. "They finished first and we finished second but we are so proud about what we achieved here."
Bronze: The Netherlands
4th: New Zealand
6th: Great Britain
Best player: Santi Freixa (ESP)
Top Scorer: Jamie Dwyer (AUS) - 7 Goals
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Kyle Pontifex (NZL)
Fair play: Australia
Australia – Spain 1-0 - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
>Australia are the first team to win four successive Champions Trophies.
> Australia collect a record 12th Champions Trophy gold medal and a record 26th CT medal (12G - 10S - 4B).
> Ric Charlesworth is the first coach to win 3 successive CT titles since Klaus Kleiter led Germany to victory in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
> Charlesworth won 2 gold medals as a player (1983 and 1985) and now wins his 3rd CT gold medal as Kookaburras coach.
> Spain collect their 6th CT medal and their 2nd silver medal (1G – 2S – 3B).
> This was the first time Spain failed to score in a CT match since their 2-0 defeat against Pakistan in 2007.
> Australia kept a clean sheet for the first time since beating England 4-0 in the 2010 CT final.
> Australia have won all 6 of their matches at Auckland 2011.
> The other teams to have won all matches at a single CT edition are Australia (2010), Germany (2001) and Netherlands (2000). Pakistan won all four Round Robin matches in 1978 and all six in 1980.
> The Kookaburras have now won 14 successive CT matches. This is the longest winning streak in CT history.
> Jamie Dwyer and Luke Doerner win their fifth CT gold medal equaling the Australian record set by Craig Davies and Graham Reid.
> The only previous CT final with only one goal scored was Germany's 1-0 win over Australia in 2007. The match winning goal was scored by Timo Wess also from a penalty corner.
> Australia converted the only penalty corner of the match. They have converted 6 of 21 penalty corners at Auckland 2011 (29%). Spain converted 5 of 20 (25%).> Spain and Australia have scored most goals at Auckland 2011(20 goals each).
> Spain have conceded 3 PC goals from 23 PCs they faced.
> Australia have conceded only 2 PC goals from 20 awarded against them.
> Jamie Dwyer is top goalscorer of the tournament on 7 goals.
> Eduard Tubau and Billy Bakker are joint second on 5 goals.
Australia – Spain (11Dec 2011, 18:05) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> On only two occasions did the winner of the last Men's Champions Trophy held before the Olympic Games go on to win the gold medal at the Olympics.
> In 1992 Germany won both events and in 2000 Netherlands achieved this feat.
> Australia will take on Spain for the 24th time in Champions Trophy competition (15W - 5D - 3L).
> The Kookaburras have won their last 4 CT encounters with Spain and are unbeaten in their last 5, since losing 3-2 at Kuala Lumpur 2007.
> Luke Doerner is Australia’s top goalscorers in CT matches against Spain (5 goals). Only Teun de Nooijer (NED) has scored more CT goals against Spain (8).
> In the opening match at Auckland 2011 Australia beat Spain 3-2 coming back from 2-1 down. This is the time Australia fell behind this tournament.
> At Melbourne 2009, Australia beat Spain 10-3. Thirteen is still the record for most goals in a CT match.
> In the 2008 CT final Australia beat Spain 4-1, goals scored by Des Abbott, Jamie Dwyer (PS), Eddie Ockenden and Eli Matheson. Xavier Ribas (PC) scored for Spain.
> Last year, Australia beat Spain 2-0 at the World Cup in Delhi and 3-1 at the Champions Trophy in Monchengladbach.
> Australia are aiming to become the first team to win fourth successive Champions Trophies.
> Ric Charlesworth is aiming to become the first coach to win 3 successive CT titles since Klaus Kleiter led Germany to victory in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
> Australia have won the last three major championships: the 2009 and 2010 Champions Trophies and the 2010 World Cup.
> Australia will extend their competition record number of medals from 25 to 26.
> Australia have won all 5 of their matches at Auckland 2011.
> The teams to have won all matches at a single CT edition are Australia (2010), Germany (2001) and Netherlands (2000). Pakistan won all four Round Robin matches in 1978 and all six in 1980.
> The Kookaburras are on a 13-match winning streak in CT competition. This is the longest winning streak in CT history.
> Australia have won all 10 Champions Trophy matches in which Des Abbott scored a goal.
> Jamie Dwyer and Luke Doerner can win their fifth CT gold medal equaling the Australian record held by Craig Davies and Graham Reid.
> Only 5 players have won more (6) CT titles: Jeroen Delmee, Teun de Nooijer, Guus Vogels, Sander van der Weide (NED) and Carsten Fischer (GER).
> Spain are in a CT final for the third time. In 2004 they beat Netherlands 4-2 to win their only CT title till date. In 2008 they claimed silver going down 4-1 to Australia in the final.
> Eight players in the current squad were also on the team that won the Champions Trophy in 2004. They are: Alex Fábregas, David Alegre, Francisco Cortés, Ramón Alegre, Santi Freixa, Sergi Enrique, Juan Fernandez and Pau Quemada.
> Spain have scored most goals so far (20), one more than Australia (19).
> Spain have scored the 2 fastest goals at Auckland 2011, scoring in the 2nd minute against both Pakistan and Netherlands.
> Spain have converted 5 of 20 penalty corners (25%).
> Spain have conceded 2 PC goals from 22 PCs they faced.
> Eduard Tubau (5 goals) and Gabriel Dabanch (4 goals) are Spain’s top scorer so far this tournament. Only Australia’s Jamie Dwyer has score more goals at Auckland 2011 (7)
> Santi Freixa is Spain’s top goalscorer in CT competition having scored 34 goals in 43 CT matches.