Defending Champions Kookaburras outclassed India in the semi final to set-up summit clash against the men in Orange, who defeated Pakistan to reach the final of the 34th FIH Champions Trophy. The hosts Australia have not lost a single match to Netherlands in Champions Trophy after 2003 gold medal match and have 20-10 win loss record against the Silver Medalists from London, Netherlands.
In the Bronze Medal match, Asian Giants Pakistan and India will lock horns. India would be looking to 2nd podium finish of their 13 appearances at Champions Trophy, while the founder nation of Champions Trophy, Pakistan will eye 15th podium finish at the 2nd biggest only Hockey event after World Cup. The neighboring arch-rivals have met 12 times in champions trophy and have won 6 matches each.
Riding high on the red-hot form of five times FIH World Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer, Australia outclassed India team in the 2nd semi-final. Which not only, assured them 27th podium finish at Champions Trophy but also kept their campaign on track for 5th consecutive Gold Medal. The Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer scored a brace in first half on PC (6th minute) and PS (18th minute) while Keiran Govers added a field goal in second half (44th minute).
In another semi-final, London Silver Medalists Netherlands proved too strong for record 4 time world champions Pakistan and defeated them 5-2 to be sure of third consecutive podium finish. Billy Bakker scored an early goal in 2nd minute and left Pakistan to play for catching up, in mean while Severiano van Ass added another for the Dutch in 20th minute. Though, Pakistan got one goal back in 23rd minute (own goal of Netherlands), could not gain control on the game. Billy Bakker wason the target once again in 32nd minute to take his team to lemon break with 2 goals cushion. Valentin Verga (46min FG) and Robbert Kemperman (61min FG) added two more to make it 5-1 in favor of the Netherlands, while evergreen Shakeel Abbasi scored consolation goal for Pakistan in 70th minute.
Game 1: Belgium 4 def England 0
Belgium – Jerome (28min FG + 60min FG), Cedric Charlier (57min FG), Loick Luypaert (70min PC)
Game 2: Germany 6 def New Zealand 4
Germany – Marco Miltkau (40min FG + 60min FG), Mats Grambusch (43min FG), Tobias Matania (52min PC), Christopher Jan Ruehr (61min FG + 68min FG)
New Zealand – Phillip Burrows (7min PC), Nicolas Wilson (32min FG), Stephen Jenness (52min PC), Nick Haig (64min PC)\
Game 3 (SF): Netherlands 5 def Pakistan 2
Netherlands – Billy Bakker (2min FG + 32min FG), Severiano van Ass (20min FG), Valentin Verga (46min FG), Robbert Kemperman (61min FG)
Pakistan – OG (23min), Shakeel Abbasi (70min FG)
Game 4 (SF): Australia 3 def India 0
Australia – Jamie Dwyer (6min PC + 18min PS), Keiran Govers (44min FG)
The Schedule of Final Day i.e. Sun 9 Dec (Time EST-GMT-IST):
21 – 7/8 – 08:30 – 21:30 – 03:00 – England v New Zealand
22 – 5/6 – 11:00 – 00:00 – 05:30 – Belgium v Germany
23 – 3/4 – 13:30 – 02:30 – 08:00 – Pakistan v India
24 – Final – 16:00 – 05:00 – 10:30 – Netherlands v Australia
The tournament will be broadcasted live on Ten Sports in India & Pakistan, on PTV Sports in Pakistan, on SKY Sport in New Zealand and worldwide online streaming will be available at www.fih.livesport.tv, while ABC1 and Fox Sports will bring it to the television screens in the host nation Australia. (Complete list of matches on television can be found here )