|December 9th, 2012|
|21||7th Place||8:30am||ENG - NZL||2 - 3 (1 - 1) AET||Final|
Seventh Place Game
England - New Zealand 2-3 (1-1 halftime)
Nicholas Wilson’s goal seven minutes into extra time lifted New Zealand to a seventh place finish at the 2012 Champions Trophy. The Black Sticks topped England in the game, meaning the #4 team in the FIH World Ranking end the annual event in last place and is relegated to the Champions Challenge level.
The game was an entertaining early-morning affair with the teams competing hard to avoid the last-place finish. It was a 1-1 draw at the break with goals from New Zealand’s Stephen Jenness and England’s Darren Cheesman. England took its first lead 21 minutes into the second half only to see it erased five minutes later, setting up the first extra time of this edition of the Champions Trophy.
Despite the victory, New Zealand is also relegated to the Champions Challenge, however, there are two precious wild card spots available, which will be determined by the FIH Executive Board at a later date. With some of the top teams not making the cut here in Melbourne, competition is sure to be fierce for those wild card positions for the next edition of the Champions Trophy in India.
|December 08th, 2012 at 3:55 pm||New Zealand takes the 1-0 lead with 17 to go ion the first first half after Burrows sets up Jenness|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:07 pm||Cheesman gests the equalizer with four to go in the half.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:10 pm||New Zealand and England go into the break tied at one.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:22 pm||The second half is underway as England and N. Zealand are tied at one in the 7th place game|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:43 pm||Middleton deflects the ball in for the 3-1 lead for England with 15 minutes left in the game|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:49 pm||Wilson pulls New Zealand back to within one -- and entertaining start of medal day here in Melbourne|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:50 pm||Quick correction -- game is tied at 2 after the NZL goal....need some extra coffee with the early start!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:57 pm||Two to go and the teams are stuck on 2 apiece....could it be time for our first extra time or shootout? Stay tuned|
|December 08th, 2012 at 4:59 pm||Extra time it is.....New Zealand and England deadlocked at two -- to be continued|
|December 08th, 2012 at 5:15 pm||Wilson lifts New Zealand to the 3-2 extra time win and a 7th place finish at the Champions Trophy.|