|June 17th, 2013|
|12||Pool B||8:00pm||NED - IRL||5 - 0 (2 - 0)||Final||x 4|
Netherlands – Ireland 5-0 (2-0 halftime)
The Dutch took first place in Group B at the Rabobank Hockey World League with a 5-0 win over Ireland. The win means that the host nation will take on France, which finished in fourth place in Group A, in Wednesday’s quarterfinal. At the other end of the spectrum, the loss pushed the Irish into last place in Group B and they will meet Group A winner, Belgium.
It was a must-win game for both teams with Group B being a closely contested group throughout the week. A win for either side meant a major turn of fortune for the men’s quarterfinal games. But in the end, there were no Cinderella finishes as #3 Netherlands dispatched #15 Ireland with relative ease.
The Dutch got things rolling 12 minutes into action when Rogier Hofman fed a beautiful baseline pass to Jelle Galema who was waiting at point blank range for the 1-0 marker. Oliver Polkamp fed a drop pass to Constantyn Jonker who doubled the lead with nine minutes left in the half as the Dutch were in full control of the match.
The Dutch played a game of cat-and-mouse in the second half and were content to simply hold the Irish at bay rather than go for the goals. It wasn’t until the late stages that they turned on the offense a little. Jeroen Hertzberger when he dribbled the ball the distance for the 3-0 goal and two minutes later Hofman added his first goal of the game and the icing on the cake came from Hertzberger when he scored with time expired on a penalty corner to bring the final to 5-0.
Ireland’s Ronan Gormley was honored before the match for becoming the most-capped player ever for the men’s Irish National Team by reaching 169 games. He is also the player to captain the most games with 108.
|June 17th, 2013 at 12:03 pm||Group B is still a riddle, but will be solved when the Netherlands and Ireland meet at 20:00. See you in one hour!|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:00 pm||We're just about to start the game between the Dutch and Ireland. For great tweeting for the Irish side, we recommend @hookhockey|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:07 pm||The last preliminary round game is underway -- after this one it's time for quarterfinal mania! Who will get the top seed from Pool B?|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:20 pm||Hoffman feeds a nice baseline pass to Galema who puts in the 1-0 goal for the Dutch in the 12th minute.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:35 pm||Jonker scores the 2-0 goal with nine minutes left in the half. Dutch are looking good right now.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:45 pm||The 2-0 lead endures through the first half -- more to come in 10 minutes|
|June 17th, 2013 at 1:59 pm||Second half is underway - for fan interested in other feeds, you can follow @HockeyWL2013 or @irishhockey for good tweets!|
|June 17th, 2013 at 2:21 pm||Herzberger goes the distance and dribbles the ball in for the 3-0 goal for the Dutch|
|June 17th, 2013 at 2:26 pm||Make it 4-0 for the Dutch....Hofman puts in his first goal of the game with about 10 minutes left to go.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 2:38 pm||One last pc chance for the Dutch with time expired and Hertzberger puts in his second goal of the game to bring the final to 5-0|
|June 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm||The Dutch will face France in the QF, while Ireland meets Belgium. The other games are NZL vs. ESP and AUS vs. IND.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm||Thanks for following us today -- see you tomorrow for women's QF action! We start at 12:30 here in Rotterdam!|