Gold Medal Match:
NETHERLANDS 4-1 (HT: 1-0) AUSTRALIA
Netherlands Goalscorer: Carlien Dirkse van de Heuvel 28 (F), Maartje Paumen 44,56 (PC,PC), Kelly Jonker 46 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Georgia Nanscawen 47 (F)
Decisive finishing was the difference between the Netherlands and Australia in the final of the Investec London Cup as the Dutch converted their chances for a 4-1 victory. Maartje Paumen and Kelly Jonker both got on the score sheet to leave them joint top goal scorers for the competition.
INVESTEC LONDON CUP FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Netherlands, 2. Australia, 3. Germany, 4. South Africa, 5. Great Britain, 6. Ireland
Both sides looked to start the game strongly and this was reflected in the end to end rhythm of play. Australia had the best of the chances during the opening exchanges but were unable to find the back of the net. Hope Munro fired in a shot like a bullet, evading goalkeeper Floortje Engels but hitting the upright and skirting away from the danger area. Dutch striker Caia van Maasakker won the ball against the run of play and drove to the by-line before picking out Carlien Dirksie van de Heuvel who made no mistake to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead with seven minutes of the half remaining. A trademark Paumen drag flick doubled the lead early in the second period while two minutes later Kelly Jonker squeezed in at the near post to make it 3-0.
Australia’s Hockeyroos never know when they are beaten though so it was no surprise when they pulled one back through Georgia Nanscawen. A late comeback wasn’t on the cards this time as the Dutch got their fourth goal, another Paumen drag flick putting the result beyond doubt.
After the match, Australia coach Adam Commens said he felt that the error count by his side was too high: “We had enough chances to score goals but we were just not clinical enough”.
INVESTEC LONDON CUP FIXTURES & RESULTS
Tuesday 5th June 2012
14:00 Pool A Netherlands v Australia 2-1
16:30 Pool B Great Britain v South Africa 1-3
Wednesday 6th June 2012
17:30 Pool A Australia v Ireland 4-1
20:00 Pool B South Africa v Germany 0-1
Thursday 7th June 2012
17:30 Pool A Ireland v Netherlands 0-5
20:00 Pool B Germany v Great Britain 2-1
Saturday 9th June 2012
14:30 Semi Final 1 Netherlands v South Africa 2-2 (NED win 4-2 on shoot-out)
17:00 Semi Final 2 Australia v Germany 3-2
Sunday 10th June 2012
10:30 5th/6th: Great Britain v Ireland 3-0
13:30 Bronze Medal: South Africa v Germany 2-6
16:00 Final: Netherlands v Australia 4-1
Great Britain Hockey Press Release