Continuing on their fine run through out the tournament, the hosts Australia clinched 5th consecutive Gold Medal at Champions Trophy by defeating the Netherlands 2-1 on golden goal. It was the men in Orange, who took lead in 17th minute through Sander Baart on PC, but Russel Ford made it 1-1 on a missed PC, which stood till half time.
Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,
7. New Zealand and 8. England
Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands
As usual Jaap Stockmaan was brilliant under the bars and kept Netherlands in match till the end of 2nd half. In extra time, Kieran Govers scored the winner for Kookaburras.
The bronze medal between wild card entrant India and Pakistan started on slow pace, but India took quick lead in 7th minute through VR Raghunath on PC. Pakistan, then applied pressure and Muhammad Rizwan Senior finished well worked move to equalize (1-1) in 21st minute. Continue reading
** New Zealand win 3-2 on Golden Goal **
It took a golden goal to separate England and New Zealand after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw after 70 minutes in their final match at the Champions Trophy. Both sides had led by the time Nick Wilson scored to make it 3-2 to New Zealand and while defeat consigned England to finish eighth, England Head Coach Jason Lee was encouraged by how his side matched the Black Sticks, who had ten Olympians in their side for the encounter.
Darren Cheesman scores for England against New Zealand at the Champions Trophy (Photo credit: Treebyimages)
Speaking at the end of the trip to Australia, which has also taken in the International Super Series Hockey 9s event in Perth, Lee said: “I thought we did well to stay in the game today. The tank looked very empty but we can take plenty of positives from the tournament; the fact that we’ve competed in every game is one.”
An excellent solo equaliser from Reading’s Darren Cheesman had sent England in level at half time, having fallen behind to Stephen Jenness’s opener, and when three times Olympian Barry Middleton deflected England ahead with just under an hour on the clock it looked as if England might finish the tournament with a victory. Continue reading
The New Zealand Black Sticks have finished on a high at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne by defeating England 3-2 in golden goal extra time.
Nick Wilson celebrates his goal during the FIH Champions Trophy play-offs hockey match (Photo: Daniel Carson | photosport.co.nz)
With the score deadlocked at the end of regulation time, Nick Wilson delivered the winning blow by deflecting a penalty corner strike from Shea McAleese.
It was a deserving victory in the final classification game for the Kiwis, who finish 7th overall at the tournament and will carry forward many positives signs for the team’s future.
Head coach Colin Batch was impressed with his side’s resilience and intensity in regrouping from a disappointing loss to Germany yesterday.
“No matter where you finish in a tournament it’s important to finish with a win and we’re very pleased to do that today,” Batch said. Continue reading
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.
Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012
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). Continue reading
The Black Sticks have surrendered an early lead to be defeated 6-4 by Germany at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne today.
New Zealand came out strongly and quickly built a 2-0 lead which was held into halftime. But an unbelievable surge and six second half goals from Germany crushed the hopes of the Kiwis.
The loss sends the Black Sticks down to the 7th/8th playoff where they will play England in an effort to avoid a disappointing last place at the tournament. Continue reading
Friday, 7 December 2012: Despite an encouraging start England lost the first of their two Champions Trophy classification matches to Belgium, going down 4-0 in Melbourne. While England started brightly they failed to convert two early penalty corners and as the match wore on tiredness began to play a part with the ever improving Belgians taking full advantage.
Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England’s defeat to Belgium (c) Treebyimages.JPG Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England’s defeat to Belgium (Credits: Treebyimages)
Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “I was pleased with the performance in the first 20 to 25 minutes but we failed to capitalise on our chances in that spell. In the second half it was clear to see us starting to tire as we reach the end of what has been a long trip.”
The match, the first of two in the contest for fifth to eighth places, was the ninth competitive fixture for England’s young side since the start of the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament 15 days ago. Defeat means that England will play off for seventh place tomorrow against the loser of the contest between Germany and New Zealand. Continue reading