Australia rout Dutch, stay unbeaten in Trophy

Last Updated: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 19:47

Melbourne: Defending champions Australia
stormed to the top of the standings in the men`s field hockey
Champions Trophy with a crushing 7-2 victory over title rivals
Netherlands today.

It was the highest margin for a win by Australia over the
Netherlands in their 31 encounters at Champions Trophy
tournaments.

The hosts stretched their unbeaten run over the Dutch to
six Trophy encounters with a dominating display to back up
their opening day 4-0 rout of South Korea.

In the day`s other matches, South Korea came from a goal
down early in the second half to beat Olympic champions
Germany 5-3 and Spain equalised in the last three minutes to
draw 3-3 with England.

The Dutch have now failed to win any of their last nine
matches against Australia at the Champions Trophy, World Cup
and Olympics.

Grant Schubert scored a first-half hat-trick as the
Australians went to half-time 5-1 up and in firm control.

The Netherlands scored first, a second-minute penalty
corner to Taeke Taekema, but the Kookaburras hit back with
Schubert`s triple and debut Trophy goals to Brett Dancer and
Glenn Turner, extinguishing any hopes of a Dutch win.

Schubert started the avalanche with a penalty stroke
conversion, Turner drove home a field goal and Dancer flicked
a penalty corner conversion on a variation before Schubert
pounced again with field goals inside two minutes just before
the break.

Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel admitted the match was
lost in the calamitous first half.

"In that period we were overpowered by Australia and the
effect of the jet-lag on us was clear," he said.

Australia did not apply the same pressure on the
Netherlands in the second half, disappointing their coach Ric
Charlesworth.

"The game drifted in the second half and it was a
disappointing half for us," Charlesworth said.

Luke Doerner, who plays in the Dutch hockey league,
confounded the Netherlands when he hit a penalty corner drive
for Australia`s sixth goal rather than using his customary
drag-flick.

Jamie Dwyer nailed a backstick drive from the left over
the head of goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann for Australia`s last
goal before Robert Kemperman scored on a breakaway for a Dutch
consolation goal in the last minutes.

The South Koreans` superior fitness and ability to
counter-attack with long passes into Germany`s backfield
yielded them four goals in the last 20 minutes.

James Tindall scored a double as England led Spain 3-2 at
halftime but Pol Amat and Eddie Tubau came on for the last 10
minutes and put together a classic goal, interchanging passes
through the midfield to slice through England`s defence.

Tubau dived on Amat`s pass to the left post to beat Nick
Brothers in England`s goal and salvage a thrilling draw.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 19:47

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