|December 9th, 2012|
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Australia – Netherlands 2-1 aet (1-1 halftime)
Australia made it five in a row at the Champions Trophy after earning a 2-1 win against the Netherlands on home-turf in Melbourne. The five consecutive medals extends the Australian’s record at the event and re-establishes them as the men’s hockey team to beat after they missed out on gold at the Olympics. For the Dutch, the silver medal has a silver lining as it is an upgrade from their bronze finish the last two years.
Kieran Govers fired in the gold-medal winning goal 4:38 into extra time to lift the host nation to the victory.
It was a meeting of two of the most experienced and successful teams at the Champions Trophy. On one side was Australia in their 33rd Champions Trophy appearance and with 26 medals to their credit including four golds in their last four outings. On the other side was the Netherlands with 21 medals in 13 appearances, earning bronze the last two years.
The Aussies pressed hard in the first half, but fell behind early when Sander Baart found the upper corner open on a penalty corner effort and scored the 1-0 goal,. Australia camped out in the Dutch zone after the goal and was rewarded for their efforts on their second penalty corner chance of the game when Russell Ford scored on a follow-up play after the short corner chance.
The Aussies had the chance to take the lead at the end of the half when they were awarded a penalty stroke as time expired, but Jaap Stockmann came up with a big save on five-time FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer to keep things even at the break. Stockmann was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament, and rightfully so as his acrobatics were a key to the Dutch success at the tournament.
Stockmann continued to wow in the second half as he was a one-man-show through much of the 35 minutes. Australia attacked and Stockmann stopped, and so it went through six penalty corner chances and multiple breakaways for the 35 minutes. In the end, the Dutch were able to hold off the Aussies in regulation and send the game to extra time.
The win improves Australia’s record against the Netherlands at the annual event. Australia now owns a 21-3-10 record against the Dutch in their 34 Champions Trophy meetings.
Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED)
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands
|December 08th, 2012 at 10:59 pm||The Netherlands and Australia are lining up for anthems in the gold medal game -- in 70 minutes we'll have a CT winner!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:16 pm||10 minutes gone and the teams have laid down a fierce pace, but so far, both are just testing the waters. Still 0-0|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:26 pm||The Dutch take a 1-0 lead when Sander Baart goes to the upper corner on a penalty corner. 17 to go in the half|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:32 pm||With 10 to go in the first half, the Netherlands still hang onto the 1-0 lead against host Australia.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:39 pm||Aussies pressing hard and are rewarded when Ford finishes a missed pc chance. Game deadlocked at one.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:43 pm||Penalty stroke awarded to Australia, they could take the 2-1 lead as time expires in the first half|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:44 pm||Stockmann comes up with a HUGE save on Jamie Dwyer to keep the game tied at one at the half.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 11:55 pm||The game is back on with a very entertaining game between the Netherlands and Australia for the CT gold|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:05 am||25 minutes to go and the teams still stuck on one. Aussies creating more chances, but Stockmann is a wall.|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:18 am||15 minutes left in the game and the Dutch are living dangerously, but still are tied with Australia 1-1.|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:29 am||Four minutes left and the 1-1 tie endures. The pace is starting to wear on both teams|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:33 am||Here comes a big Australia chance -- 2:30 left in the game and a pc chance on the way....|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:34 am||And guess who saves the day for the Netherlands again? You guessed it....Stockmann.|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:37 am||Phew, it's exhausting just watching this game. Time for everyone to catch their breath before extra time begins.|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:45 am||Extra time is underway. Australia picks up right where they left off.|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:51 am||Kieran Govers fires in the gold medal winning goal 4:38 into extra time for Australia - an amazing goal for an amazing game!!!|
|December 09th, 2012 at 12:54 am||It's five in a row for Australia at the Champions Trophy. Congratulations to them and to the Dutch on a great final|
|December 09th, 2012 at 1:10 am||Tournament Awards:Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK); Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED)|
|December 09th, 2012 at 1:10 am||Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL); Fair Play Award: The Netherlands|