Sunday, November 29, 2009

Australia make Dutch look like schoolboys

FIH Pic / Stanislas Brochier

Match review: Korea 5–3 Germany (29 Nov 2009) > Korea beat Germany 5-3 for their first victory at Melbourne 2009. > This is the first time Korea beat Germany in Champions Trophy competition. Germany had recorded seven wins and one draw in their previous eight CT encounters with Korea. > Today’s five goals mark the third highest score for Korea in a Champions Trophy match. Their record is six goals in a match in 1998 against Spain (6-3) and in 2007 against The Netherlands (6-2). > At Rotterdam 2008, Germany also went down 5-3 in their match against The Netherlands. > Jan-Marco Montag lifted his Melbourne 2009 total to three goals by converting two penalty corners.

Match review: The Netherlands 2–7 Australia (29 November 2009) > Australia beat The Netherlands 7-2 to hand the Dutch their biggest defeat in Champions Trophy history. > The biggest CT defeat for Holland before today came in their 7-3 defeat against Australia in 1980 and was emulated in 2007 when they lost 6-2 to Korea. > Australia’s biggest CT win is a 9-1 victory over France in 1992. > Australia are the only team to have collected two wins from two matches at Melbourne 2009. > Australia are now unbeaten in their last six Champions Trophy encounters with the Dutch recording four wins and two draws. > Grant Schubert (AUS) became the first player since Britain’s Russell Garcia in 1994 to score a hat-trick before half time in a Champions Trophy match.

Match review: England 3–3 Spain (29 Nov 2009)
> England and Spain drew 3-3 to leave both teams winless after two match days at Melbourne 2009.

> England won their first point in a Champions Trophy match against Spain today, having suffered two defeats in their two previous encounters with Spain in 1981 and 1999.

> Xavier Ribas (ESP) and James Tindall (ENG) netted two goals each today, to lift their total number of goals at Melbourne 2009 to three each. They join Grant Schubert (AUS), Jan-Marco Montag (GER) and Taeke Taekema (NED) as top goal scorers after two match days at Melbourne 2009.