|June 19th, 2013|
|16||Quarterfinal||8:00pm||NED - FRA||8 - 4 (3 - 2)||Final|
Placement: Ireland vs. Spain – 12:30
Placement: India vs. France – 14:30
Semi-Final: Belgium vs. New Zealand – 17:00
Semi-Final: Australia vs. Netherlands – 20:00
Netherlands – France 8-4 (3-2 halftime)
The Netherlands made their home fans happy at the Rabobank Hockey World League tournament in Rotterdam after cruising through the semi-final round with a 8-4 win against France. The Dutch will take on Australia in what is sure to be an epic semi-final meeting on Friday.
It was a festival of goals for the teams, especially in the last 10 minutes of the game, where the goals were flowing freely with five scored in an eight-minute span.
Jereon Hertzberger got the party started early 2:30 into the game with a penalty stroke goal slammed into the lower left corner. Just over five minutes later Constantijn Jonker doubled the lead with his tip in on a Billy Bakker shot.
France staged a mini-comeback and opened the eyes of the crowd and Dutch team when they scored two straight goals to pull even. Matthieu Durchon fired in a penalty corner in the 21st minute and three minutes later teammate Viktor Lockwood followed suit to make things interesting.
But Hertzberger was there to restore order for the Netherlands when he did what he does best, firing in a penalty corner goal in the last minute of the half. Valentin Verga picked up in the second half right where the Dutch left off, increasing the lead to 4-2 in the first two minutes of action.
Hertzberger mixed things up mid-half when he completed the hat trick, only this time putting in a field goal from the slot and increasing the lead to three goals. The teams exchanged two quick goals in the last 10 minutes. Hugo Genestet tried to get France into the game with an odd-angle goal, but two minutes later the Dutch struck again on a penalty corner, this one scored by Rogier Hofman.
Robert Kempermann and Quirijn Caspers put the icing on the cake with two late goals in the last three minutes. In total, the last 10 minutes of the game saw an amazing five goals scored, including an own goal that favored the French and helped the scoreline look somewhat respectable at 8-4 as the final.
Of the four semi-final teams in Rotterdam, Belgium is the only squad that went through an earlier round of the Hockey World League. The Belgians won the Round 2 tournament in France to earn their spot here in Rotterdam. The other three semi-finalists, New Zealand, Netherlands and Australia were all automatically seeded into the Rotterdam event based on their placement in World Ranking.
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:01 pm||Get ready for the final piece of the semi-puzzle to fall into place. Netherlands plays France for the fourth and final spot.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm||Enjoy the live streaming on the FIH You Tube Channel -- and check out all the tournament information at www.fih.ch|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:09 pm||Hertzberger goes to the low left corner for the 1-0 goal on a penalty stroke 2:15 into the game|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:14 pm||the Dutch double the lead five minutes later when Jonker tips the ball into the goal.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm||Viva la Goal! France cuts the lead in half with 13 minutes left in the half Matthieu Durchon scores!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm||Incroyable! The French have tied the game with a penalty goal and 11 to go in the half!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:49 pm||During the halftime big hockey news - Maartje Paumen named 2012 FIH Player of the Year! Anna Flanagan named Young POTY. Congrats!|
|June 19th, 2013 at 1:54 pm||Back to the game - the Dutch now own a 4-2 lead. One goal just before the break and a quick one to open the 2nd half|
|June 19th, 2013 at 2:18 pm||Hertzberger completes the hat trick with a field goal, Dutch now up 5-2|
|June 19th, 2013 at 2:23 pm||Genestet makes things interesting when he puts in the odd angle goal to pull France back to within two. 8 minutes to go.|
|June 19th, 2013 at 2:25 pm||Rogier Hofman scored the 6-3 goal, killing off any momentum. Hertzberger passes on the pc flick for a wide open net|
|June 19th, 2013 at 2:31 pm||Two more Dutch goals bring the final score to 8-3 Kempermann and Caspers ne tthe icing on the cake goals for the Dutch|
|June 19th, 2013 at 2:32 pm||So the semi-finals are set. It will be Belgium facing New Zealand and host Netherlands against Australia on Friday!|