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Australia beat Holland to enter final
August 20, 2005 11:55 IST
Olympic champions Australia packed too much power to silence the Dutch crowd as they easily outplayed Holland 4-1 in the final pool match and enter the final of the Rabo Trophy hockey tournament in Amstelveen, on Friday.
The winners, who led 1-0 at the break seemed to slow down a trifle, played at half pace after taking the lead, only to reserve their best towards the end.
They will play Pakistan in the final of the eight-nation tournament on Sunday. Earlier, Pakistan registered a comfortable 5-0 victory over world champions Germany.
The Aussies took the lead in the 4th minute when Grant Schubert hit past Guus Vogels after the wily winger Jamie Dwyer set him up.
Holland had plenty of chances to equalise in this session but wasted two penalty corners besides misses from Ronald Brouwer and Roderick Weusthof.
The Dutch started brightly after the break though, finding the equaliser from Taeke Taekema's dragflick in the 38th minute.
They continued to dominate the exchanges in midfield with Teun de Nooijer as playmaker. However, support was not forthcoming as the Dutch frittered away easy chances from Brouwer, Weusthof and Rob Reckers.
Australia picked up pace midway in this session forcing their third penalty corner in the 53rd minute, and defender Luke Doerner did not disappoint.
Holland again tried for parity, but failed with their sixth and last penalty corner as Stephen Mowlam brought off a spectacular save.
The freeflowing Aussie attackline finally got into it's groove pumping in two quicksilver counter attack goals from Grant Schubert in the (64th) and Travis Brooks (69th) minutes to end up with a clean slate to top their pool.