SYDNEY: Australia earned a hard-fought place in the final of the women’s field hockey Champions Trophy here yesterday after a gritty 2-1 win over world and Olympic champions Holland.
Both teams needed to win to qualify for a meeting with Argentina in today’s final, with Australia striking first after Casey Eastham hammered home a loose ball in the circle in the opening minutes.
The Dutch’s equaliser came from Maatje Paumen’s conversion of their first penalty corner, high into the right of the net, a few minutes later.
Early in the second half Dutch captain Janneke Schopman conceded a penalty stroke after she was adjudged to have made contact with Megan Rivers as she was about to shoot on goal.
Schopman was unhappy with the umpire’s decision, which led to a successful penalty conversion from Nicole Arrold, low inside the left post.
“I only touched the ball and I did not touch the player at all, so from my point of view it cannot be a penalty stroke,” Schopman said.
Argentina played out a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Germany safe in the knowledge they had already qualified for the final. Holland’s result against Australia means that the Dutch will now play Germany for the bronze. — AFP