Game 42 (W): 15:30, NETHERLANDS 7 AUSTRALIA 12
Quarters: 1-4, 2-4, 3-3, 1-1
Referees: Alan BALFANBAYEV (KAZ), Gyorgy JUHASZ (HUN)
Extra Man: NED: 5/11. AUS: 1/3
Pen: NED: 1/1
NETHERLANDS: Ilse VAN DER MEIJDEN, Yasemin SMIT, Frederike CABOUT, Biurakn HAKHVERDIAN, Catharina VAN DER SLOOT, Nomi STOMPHORST, Iefke VAN BELKUM, Robbin REMERS, Jantien CABOUT, Nienke VERMEER, Lieke KLAASSEN, Simone KOOT, Anne HEINIS. Head Coach: Mauro MAUGERI.
AUSTRALIA: Alicia McCORMACK, Gemma BEADSWORTH, Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX, Rowena WEBSTER, Kate GYNTHER, Glencora RALPH, Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN.
Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.
NED vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon
Australia turned in its best performance of the tournament to defeat Olympic champion Netherlands. It was built in exacting play, top-class passing and aggressive man-down defence. The shooting attributes of the Aussie Stingers were all on display against a Dutch side struggling to get a foothold in the game. The win came from only three chances on extra-man attack while the Netherlands had 11 opportunities and converted five plus one penalty meaning just the one action goal with VERMEER slotting a backhander from two metres to start the game. It looked like the Aussie Stingers were in for another bad start. However, the similarity to other matches ended there as they played a crisp game with tight man-down marking and superb passing. The score moved to 6-1 midway through the second quarter, 8-2 a minute before halftime and 10-3 two minutes into the third. Australia was in control but the Dutch still had the fighting spirit alive and well and brought the game to a threatening position at 10-6 by 1:44 of the third. However, time was against the Dutch. Another fault of Australia's is allowing a four-goal margin evaporate to one, as against Hungary. Centre forward KNOX showed some of the wares that earned her inclusion in the All Star team at the Beijing Olympic Games, scoring on extra for 1-1 and from two metres at 1-4.
She blasted in on counter for 2-8 and generally was the outstanding player that she is. ZAGAME sent in a slide from nine metres at the end of possession time for 7-12 after a period where the Dutch re-emerged, mainly through the aid of VAN BELKUM, the team's standout player. She brought up the 2-6 and 3-8 goals in the first half and converted a penalty at 5-10 three minutes after VERMEER scored on extra. REMERS made it three in a row, also on extra, at 6-10. WEBSTER closed the third period at 6-11 with Jantien CABOUT bouncing in an extra-man goal for 7-11 at 6:58 in the last. The chance was still there for the Dutch but the Stingers played hard to the end with ZAGAME's slider from nine metres the killer. Australia had earned a shot at the USA for fifth place. The Dutch will play Canada for seventh.