ARG V NZL ( Final ) Hockey World League Final Rosario 2015

ARG
5 - 1
NZL

Match Review ARG - NZL 5-1

Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015
Watch clips from the Argentina - New Zealand game …Posted December 13, 2015

After two years of global hockey competitions, it all came down to one hour of thrilling, competitive hockey.

The capacity crowd at the newly-named Luciana Aymar Stadium were treated to a display of superb hockey in the Argentina Hockey World League Final.

While it was Argentina who dominated and wowed with their sublime stick skills, New Zealand – competing in their first major final since 2010 – played their part in this intriguing and highly-skilled match. Both teams play a free-flowing and speedy game, so the action was end to end. The difference in style between the two teams is in the way the ball is moved in attack, New Zealand play fast passes to beat defenders, while Argentina run at the defence and use quick stick work to ghost past the opposition.

The opening 10 minutes of the match were dominated by the host nation as they poured forward into the Black Sticks circle. Carla Rebecchi came closest to breaking the deadlock from a well-taken penalty corner, but Sally Rutherford in the New Zealand goal was on fine form as she dived high to her left to make an incredible save.

This served as the impetus that New Zealand needed and they broke at speed through their captain Anita Punt. Punt's shot was hard and low and, like her Black Sticks counterpart, Belen Succi pulled off a tremendous save to prevent an opening goal.

Just 15 seconds had gone in the second half before Las Leonas opened their account. It was the player voted Young Player of the Argentina HWL Final, Maria Granatto (16') who scored, a mazy little run that gave her the space she needed to slip the ball past Rutherford. Delfina Merino nearly made it two, when she undercut the ball at goal. Her shot flew wide, but the signal was clear – Las Leonas meant business.

Granatto continued to confound the New Zealand players with her lightening stick skills, but as Petrea Webster and Anita Punt began to run at the Argentina defence, so there was a sense that New Zealand were getting to grips with the intensity of this final.

As Martina Cavallero dived full length to keep the ball from going off the side-line there was no doubting the commitment of both teams to this game. Where Argentina were playing deep defence and speedy breaks, so New Zealand were playing the ball around to create gaps they could exploit.

Maria Campoy, Rocio Sanchez and Agustina Albertarrio were all running riot in the middle of the field whenever they got hold of the ball but Brooke Neal was imperious at the heart of the Black Sticks defence.

A second penalty corner was won by the skill of Florencia Habif. Noel Barriounuevo's shot was saved but Campoy (29') was on hand to slam the ball home.

New Zealand started the second half with renewed determination and Anita Punt (34') demonstrated just why she is recognised as a world class player when she put a penalty corner drag flick high into the corner of Succi's goal.

The two-goal cushion was restored when Campoy got her second goal. It was made by the skill of Delfina Merino, who drew Rutherford out of position before slipping it back to Campoy who fired home.

Campoy was on the attack minutes later. A sloppy pass out of defence by New Zealand led to Campoy forcing a penalty corner. Noel Barriounuevo buried the ball deep into the goal to take the score to 4-1.

The last quarter saw New Zealand continue to seek ways back into the game. They pressed high and peppered the Argentina defence with balls in, but failed to get into scoring positions. At the other end, Las Leonas continued on their rampant charge towards the winners' podium.

Merino topped a great performance with an outstanding goal to make it 5-1 with just 10 minutes left on the clock. New Zealand continued to push but there was a tiredness creeping into their game. By contrast, sensing victory, Argentina continued to run and attack with energy and imagination.

While Argentina were deserving champions, a 5-1 scoreline belies the exciting and competitive nature of this, the second HWL Final.

A jubliant and tearful Carla Rebecchi said: "I am so proud to have won a final in Rosario in front of such an amazing crowd and with this team."

Coach to New Zealand, Mark Hager, said: "I am very proud of my team, we didn't play our best today, not in any area of the game. We let Argentina run with the ball way too much, but, look, we were in our first final and we have to learn how to perform in finals."

#HWL2015 #MakeYourMark

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ARG 16 15 GRANATTO Maria FG 1 - 0
ARG 29 23 CAMPOY Maria Pilar PC 2 - 0
NZL 34 32 PUNT Anita PC 2 - 1
ARG 41 9 DUPUY Carla FG 3 - 1
ARG 44 27 BARRIONUEVO Noel PC 4 - 1
ARG 50 12 MERINO Delfina FG 5 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NZL 12 16 THOMPSON Liz G
ARG 41 7 CAVALLERO Martina G

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 JOUBERT Michelle
Umpire 2 MIAO Lin
Reserve Umpire MEISTER Michelle
Video Umpire ROACH Lisa
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 TAKEDA Alicia
Technical Officer AKII-BUA Nataki
  • Match 22
  • Date Sun, 13 Dec 2015
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Final
  • Venue

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