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

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

2 - 1

Match Review AUS - NZL 2-1

Brave New Zealand beaten by Australia
Australia 2-1 New Zealand

New Zealand’s Black Sticks produced a magnificent performance in front of 3500 cheering spectators but sadly fell to a 2-1 defeat against Australia in the final match of the day here at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy.  

The host nation entered the match knowing that it was already mathematically impossible to reach the tournament final following Spain’s victory over The Netherlands earlier in the day, but were extremely motivated to get one over the world number one ranked team on home soil. The crowd roared and cheered with every decision throughout as fascinating contest that saw long periods of domination from the Black Sticks, but in the end they could not get the result that they wanted.

Australia almost took the lead inside the ten minute mark when Tim Deavin hit the frame of the goal with a chipped effort from a tight angle before the Kookaburras netted the opening in the 14th minute. Des Abbott will go down as the scorer, but his cross was going wide of the target before taking a wicked deflection of a New Zealand stick and flying into the goal.

The Black Sticks hit back four minutes from half time and it was no more than they deserved. Nick Wilson showed a calm head in the circle to win a penalty corner that was gloriously slotted away by Andrew Hayward.

Australia almost took the lead just before half time when Eddie Ockenden cracked a rocketing reverse stick shot towards the top corner only for Kyle Pontifex to pull out a wonderfully instinctive glove save to maintain parity at the break.   

Aside from a fine shot from newly crowned FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer, New Zealand dominated long spells of the second half but found no way through a solid Australian defence. Kookaburras keeper Andrew Charter made two stunning saves to keep his side alive before Australia scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 58th minute. Eddie Ockenden sent a cross from within the circle that was deflected into the goal via a New Zealand stick. It proved to be the last goal of the game, although the Black Sticks went agonisingly close to tying the scores with an overtime penalty corner which flew just wide of the target.

The Kookaburras have now won their last 13 Champions Trophy matches, which is the longest winning streak in Champions Trophy history.  

  • Match 20
  • Date Sat, 10 Dec 2011
  • Time 18:05
  • Pool/Class Pool C
  • Venue

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