Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

NED V AUS ( Pool C ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

NED
2 - 4
AUS

Match Review NED - AUS 2-4

Australia reach final with triumph over The Netherlands
Pool C – Netherlands 2-4 Australia

World number one side Australia have reached the final of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy with a game to spare thanks to a fine display against the Netherlands. The Kookaburras, who have won the past three Champions Trophy tournaments, were is ruthless goal-scoring form with Chris Ciriello, Matt Gohdes (2) and his cousin Jamie Dwyer gave Australia a 4-2 win over the Dutch.

As you would expect from two of the world’s most exciting, attack minded hockey teams, it was a fascinating match with plenty of action in both circles. Australia were certainly the dominant force in the first half, and could easily have scored early were it not for some superb goalkeeping from Jaap Stockmann who made great saves from Chris Ciriello and Jason Wilson.

In the 26th minute, The Netherlands were awarded a penalty corner, but all time Champions Trophy top scorer Taeke Taekema was denied the chance to shine thanks to a smart video referral from the Kookaburras. Australia went to the video umpire again three minutes later when they believed they had seen an infringement in the Netherlands circle. Video umpire Gareth Greenfield agreed with Australia, and Chris Ciriello put away the penalty corner at the second time of asking to make the score 1-0.

Australia were given a warning early in the second half when Taekema sent a penalty corner fractionally wide of the target before The Netherlands pulled themselves level in the 47th minute thanks to a stunning reverse stick shot from FIH Young Player of the Year candidate Billy Bakker.

Incredibly, Australia hit back three minutes later when Matt Gohdes – cousin of four time FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer – bundled home a penalty corner before making the score 3-1 with a blistering volley nine minutes from the end of the game.

Dwyer himself ensured that it was a family affair when he got his name on the score-sheet with a piece of individual brilliance in the 64th minute. Receiving an overhead pass down the right, Dwyer accelerated into the circle, moved his body around the ball before spectacularly crashing the ball high into the Netherlands goal to give his team a 4-1 lead.

The Netherlands scored a consolation goal in the final minute when Valentin Verga finished well after great work from Bakker, but it was Australia who took all the point s and confirmed their place in yet another Champions Trophy final.    

  • Match 16
  • Date Thu, 8 Dec 2011
  • Time 16:05
  • Pool/Class Pool C
  • Venue

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