Netherlands march into Semi-Final
1st Quarter Final - NED 3-0 NZL
The Netherlands extended their unbeaten streak against New Zealand to 17 matches. Being under pressure to win this match both teams needed time to settle and were respectful of each other in the first six minutes. New Zealand played more defensively and kept the Dutch, who had more ball possession, out of their circle. The Dutch were patient enough and attacked in the right moment which led to their first penalty penalty in the middle of the first half. Maartje Paumen’s attempt was run down by Stacey Michelsen. Soon after, the Olympic Champions failed to convert another penalty corner when Paumen’s drag-flick was saved by New Zealand’s goalkeeper Sally Rutherford. However, Naomi van As picked up the rebound to hit it on the goal but Rutherford stood up quickly and saved the shot with another brilliant reaction. The Netherlands stayed the dominant side pressuring the Black Sticks.
The deserved lead was scored by Kim Lammers (26’) who tipped in a great pass from Kitty van Male. Lammers is now on 21 Champions Trophy career goals - 18 field goals and three penalty corner goals. Only German Nadine Ernsting-Krienke has scored more field goals (19) in Champions Trophy history. Just before halftime the Black Sticks, who were unlucky to finish fourth in Pool B, missed a big opportunity to equalise when Clarissa Eshuis’ penalty corner flick went wide.
The second half saw the Winners of Pool A being awarded another two penalty corners. Rutherford was able to save the first one but the second one, which was flicked into the right bottom of the goal by Paumen (41’), gave the keeper no chance. Netherlands were close to scoring the 3-0 but this goal was disallowed because it the ball was played with a high stick. New Zealand had a short period of pressure afterwards but failed again to score from a penalty corner. Instead the crowd saw the Netherlands extending their lead when Lidewij Welten (57’) penetrated the circle from the left and shot immediately.
Match Review 13. Netherlands – New Zealand 3-0
> Netherlands qualified for the semi-finals defeating New Zealand 3-0.
> Netherlands will finish in the top 4 of a CT tournament for a record 18th time.
> The Dutch have never finished fourth in a CT tournament, collecting 6 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze.
> Kim Lammers has now scored most field goals at Rosario 2012 (4).
> Lammers has now scored in 3 successive CT matches, equalling her personal CT record from 2007.
> Maartje Paumen scored one PC goal and is now on 3 goals at Rosario 2012 and on a record 24 CT career goals, 2 clear of Noel Barrionuevo.
> Lidewij Welten scored her third goal of the tournament following her 2 goals against China.
> The Dutch converted 1 of 5 penalty corners in this match and are now on 3 for 20 in the tournament.
> New Zealand failed to convert 2 penalty corners in this match and are now on 0 for 9 in the tournament. They are the only team that is yet to score from penalty corners.
> New Zealand remain winless after 4 matches played at Rosario 2012.
> New Zealand have now conceded 3 of 22 penalty corners awarded to their opponents.
> Maartje Paumen (NED) was named 2011 FIH Player of the Year.
> Stacey Michelsen (NZL) was named 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year.
Match Preview 13. Netherlands – New Zealand (February 2nd, 12:30pm)
> The Netherlands are unbeaten in 16 previous world level encounters with New Zealand (CT, WC and OG) recording 14 wins and 2 draws.
> Their Champions Trophy head-to-head record is (7W-2D-0L).
> At last year’s CT in Amstelveen these two teams negotiated a goalless draw.
> The other draw came at the 2002 Champions Trophy (2-2).
> In 2010, the Dutch beat the Black Sticks 3-1 at the Champions Trophy and 7-3 at the 2010 World Cup.
> Holland’s biggest win over New Zealand came at the 2001 ChampionsTrophy (6-0).
> Netherlands have scored 9 goals in Pool A, 7 FG and 2 PC.
> The last time the Dutch scored at least 7 field goals in a CT tournament was in 2010 (9 FG).
> Their record number of field goals in a CT edition is 11 in 1987 and 2005.
> Netherlands have played 15 knock-out matches in CT competition, winning 8, drawing 4 and losing 3. The Dutch won 3 of these 4 draws after penalty strokes or a penalty shoot-out.
> Netherlands are unbeaten so far at Rosario 2012. They were victorious over China (3-1) and Japan (4-1) and drew 2-2 with GB after leading 2-0 at halftime.
> Netherlands are on a 9-match unbeaten streak in CT competition; their longest run since a team record streak of 12 matches without defeat from 2003-2005.
> The Dutch are on 2 for 15 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (13%).
> The Netherlands have conceded 3 PC goals from 14 penalty corners awarded against them at Rosario 2012.
> Maartje Paumen is the all-time top scorer in Champions Trophy competition on 23 goals. She broke the 5 year old record of 22 goals by Germany’s Nadine Ernsting-Krienke.
> Kim Lammers has scored most field goals in the Pool phase (3).
> Lammers has scored in Holland’s last 2 CT matches. She can equal her personal CT record from 2007 of scoring in 3 consecutive CT matches.
> Reigning European champions, Olympic champions and Champions Trophy champions Netherlands are top of the World Ranking leading Argentina by a margin of only 33 points (2063 vs 2030 points).
> Defending champions Netherlands are chasing a record breaking 7th Champions Trophy title. They are now tied on 6 gold medals with Australia.
> The Dutch have won a medal in each of the last 14 Champions Trophy editions. They have finished in the top 3 in 17 of their 18 previous CT participations.
> New Zealand, Korea and Japan are still winless after 3 matches played at Rosario 2012.
> New Zealand are the only team yet to convert a penalty corner at Rosario 2012. They are on 0 for 7 in the tournament. Netherlands have been awarded more than double that amount of penalty corners (15).
> New Zealand have conceded 2 of 17 penalty corners awarded to their opponents.
> The Black Stick defence has faced most penalty corners at Rosario 2012 (17 in 3 matches).
> New Zealand are ranked 6th on the FIH world ranking.
> Since 2008 (11th), the Black Sticks have improved their world ranking every year moving up to 9th in 2009, 7th in 2010 and 6th in 2011.
> Coach Mark Hager has taken the team from 12th to sixth ranked team in the world.
> Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were named in the FIH All Star team in 2011.
> At the 2010 World Cup Krystal Forgesson scored a hat-trick in New Zealand’s 7-3 defeat against the Netherlands.
> Clarissa Eshuis is the last Back Stick to score against the Netherlands in Champions Trophy competition (in 2010).
> Clarissa Eshuis’ idol is Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer, who is the partner of Dutch hockey player Naomi van As.