- IOC President Thomas Bach joins FIH President Leandro Negre on stage for prize-giving ceremony
- Eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar scores two in Argentina bronze-medal win
- A capacity 15,000-member crowd cheered the Netherlands on to gold
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President Leandro Negre on stage for the prize-giving ceremony in The Hague. President Bach travelled to the Netherlands along with many IOC members to witness FIH’s hugely successful showpiece.
Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Women: Final standings
Gold: The Netherlands; Silver: Australia; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: USA; 5th: New Zealand; 6th: China; 7th: Korea; 8th: Germany; 9th: South Africa; 10th: Japan; 11th: England; 12th: Belgium
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands
The host nation, world number 1 and reigning Olympic Champions powered to a 2-0 victory over Australia’s Hockeyroos thanks to goals from Maartje Paumen and legendary striker Kim Lammers, who marked her 200th and final international appearance with a goal and a gold medal. The result secured a seventh world crown for the Netherlands, adding to their victories in 1974, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1990 and 2006.
Leandro Negre, President of FIH, said: “I am so grateful that Mr Bach and all of his colleagues from the IOC could be here to witness this incredible spectacle. With 15,000 fans here in the stadium and millions more watching around the world, I am sure that today’s wonderful final matches have showcased hockey as one of the fastest and most dynamic team sports in the world.”
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “I am really impressed with the fantastic atmosphere and crowds here. My IOC colleagues Camiel Eurlings, Robin Mitchell, Barry Maister, Marisol Casado, Frank Fredericks, Pierre-Olivier Beckers, Christopher de Kepper and Kit McConnell have been here for a couple of days and tell me that it has been like this the whole time. What a fantastic event.”
Speaking shortly after her the game, retiring Netherlands striker Kim Lammers was overwhelmed by feelings of joy having achieved her goal of retiring as a World Champion.
“I could only dream of this,” said the 33-year-old. “I’m so proud of the team and that we kept focussed all the time. We played a good semi-final but we needed to keep focused, of course, on the final. We waited until our chances came and finally we got this penalty stroke. Maartje Paumen, she’s a killer, a lot of pressure but she does it always. Then I got my chance and it’s a dream to score in a World Cup Final in our own home and on my 200th cap.”
Earlier in the day, Argentina’s Las Leonas claimed the Bronze medal courtesy of a 2-1 win over USA, with eight times FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar scoring both the goals in her final World Cup appearance. Despite the pain of defeat, USA captain Lauren Crandall said that her team can leave this event with their heads held high having finished six places above their world ranking. “Right now there is a feeling of disappointment, but I think that it affirms that we are going in the right direction and fills us with pride.”