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WORLD LEAGUE FINALS 2017 – Recap

Updated: Apr 9, 2019


After some very had fought matches and tough results the World League Finals have concluded for the last time! The women’s tournament saw powerhouse of hockey, the Netherlands take home the goods. While strong contenders, Australia, found their form to lift the trophy high!

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Some fast paced hockey and outstanding performances saw the domination of the Netherlands throughout this tournament to win the gold!


In pool A the Netherlands had a clean sweep to finish top and secure themselves a crossover with China, who struggled in the round matches and were unable to get any points of the board. USA and Korea both ended up with 4 points after a win, draw and a loss in their matches.


In pool B Argentina was the clear strength, winning all 3 round games to crossover with New Zealand who had been struggling to find the back of the net at crucial moments. Coming second with 6 points was Germany, placing themselves into a quarterfinal with Korea, and on 3 points was England who then faced USA in the crossover.


Some nail bitter matches followed with some very tight finishes across the board. Some quality penalty corner execution from New Zealand and a shootouts win by Korea helped form a New Zealand vs England and Netherlands vs Korea semi final match up. The semis then took on a life of their own with our very own Olivia Merry finishing off a quality goal in the 55th minute to steal the lead and put her country into the grand final! In the other semi final match the Netherlands came out on top with 2 first half goals sealing the deal. Setting up a blockbuster of a grand final between New Zealand and the Netherlands.


The final started off with an electric feel among the crowd as the stands packed out to support the host nation and will them to do one better than their second place finish in 2015. A heated clash between twp players saw Netherlands player Carlien van de Heuval watching most of the first quarter from the bench. By late in the second quarter the drought ended and a series of two quick goals were scored by the Dutch. The second goal was a superb finish by Maria Verschoor, who slotted a classy reverse put the Netherlands up coming into the half time break. The fiery battle continued until the final siren with the Netherlands walking away champions after a 3 nil win. In a rarity the Netherlands did not concede a goal throughout the entire tournament while getting on the score sheet an impressive 18 times.


A massive congratulations to Maria Verschoor for taking home the gold. And to our New Zealand athletes Olivia Merry, Kelsey Smith and Frances Davies for their silver medal efforts!


Final standings 1. Netherlands 2. New-Zealand 3. Korea 4. England 5. Argentina 6. Germany 7. USA 8. China


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Some fast paced hockey set alight the turf in India over the last two weeks with the mighty Australian team bringing home the goods!


After some cracking results in the round games, pool A saw Belgium dominate and finish clearly top after 3 wins and 11 goals netted. Setting up a quarterfinal with the hosts India, while second placed Spain on 6 points crossed over with Australia. Both Argentina and the Netherlands were struggling to get points on the board, managing only a draw each.


In pool B Germany and England came out strong finishing top and second respectively, while Australia got hampered down with draws and India struggled to find form. Germany’s good results set themselves up to cross over with the Netherlands, and England began preparations to face world number one Argentina.


The quarter final action saw some hectic results with hosts India taking out in form Belgium in shootouts to lock in a semi final berth against Argentina who had beated England 3-2 in a close quarter final match. In the other matches Australia finally found their feet and knocked off Spain in a 4-1 match to also secure their semi against Germany. The Germans narrowly beat the Netherlands in shootouts, thus knocking them into the bottom 4. The semis saw some amazing Gonzalo Peillat action, scoring a thundering goal into the right hand side of the net to safely put his team into the grand final. In the other semi Australia ran over the top of a depleted German team (injury and illness) who were 5 men down, creating a blockbuster final between the top 1 and 2 ranked teams in the world!


The final proved to be everything hockey fans wanted with some fiery clashes, fast paced hockey and cracking goals. The Aussies sunk the first goal early in the second quarter before Argentina struck back within a minute with an equalizer. The battle continued until with 3 minutes to go Australia belted home another dragflick to secure a 2-1 win and take home the ultimate crown!


An exciting match of hockey and a huge congratulations to our Gryphon athletes Aran Zalewski, Jake Whetton, Daniel Beale, Jake Harvie and Tristan Clemons for taking a little piece of golden bling for their trophy rooms. From Argentina powerhouse Gonzalo Peillat, Nahuel Salis and Matias Rey took home the sliver and finished off a great tournament!


Final Standings 1. Australia 2. Argentina 3. India 4. Germany 5. Belgium 6. Spain 7. Netherlands 8. England




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