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Dutch win women's Champions Trophy
January 22, 2007 15:38 IST
The Netherlands claimed the 2007 BDO Hockey Champions Trophy women's title, defeating host Argentina in the final, in Quilmes, Argentina, on Sunday.
An early goal of Maartje Paumen was enough for the World champions to win 1-0 and take another title home.
Germany claimed the bronze medal after a 2-0 victory over Australia.
The Netherlands were just stronger than Argentina in the grand final of the tournament. The undefeated Dutch quickly made their intentions clear, scoring after only three minutes, when Maartje Paumen converted a penalty-corner.
The match continued with the Leonas doing a bigger part of the legwork but they, like the Hockeyroos before them, had trouble finding their form and suffered from the many individual mistakes that broke down their play time and again. The Dutch boldly emphasised why they are considered the best women's team in the world at the moment, playing disciplined, tactical, and efficient hockey.
The early Dutch goal remained the only one in the first half and the teams went into halftime with the World champions one step ahead.
In the second half, Argentina dominated field play with a much bigger percentage in ball possession, attacking again and again, but again and again they hit the Dutch defence like a wall. Ten minutes from the end, the Netherlands changed gear and showed some offensive action of their own again, but to no avail.
Final day's results:
Final: Netherlands 1 (Maartje Paumen) bt Argentina 0.
3rd place play-off: Germany 2 (Janine Beermann, Silja Lorenzen) Australia 0
5th place play-off: Match for 5th place: Japan 2 (Rika Komazawa, Rika Komazawa).
Top scorer: Noel Barrionuevo (Argentina)
Best goalkeeper: Lisanne de Roever (The Netherlands)
Player of the Tournament: Minke Booij (The Netherlands)
Fair Play Trophy: Argentina