December 4, 2005

De Roever save gives Netherlands Champions Trophy victory

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Lisanne De Roever saved
Australian Nicole Arrold's sudden-death penalty to ensure the
Netherlands retained their Champions Trophy women's hockey
title in Canberra on Sunday.

De Roever's save gave the champions a 5-4 victory on
penalties after the match had been scoreless after regulation
and sudden-death extra time.

Australia's Angie Skirving and the Netherlands' Janneke
Schopmann both missed penalty strokes in the shootout to send
it into sudden death with the score at 4-4 after five shots

Maartje Paumen converted the first sudden-death penalty
then watched as De Roever saved Arrold's shot and gave the
Netherlands their fourth Champions Trophy and second successive
title after they won the tournament of the world's top-six
nations last year in Argentina.

The Netherlands could have won in extra-time when Schopmann
scored a golden-goal with just over five minutes remaining,
only for it to be ruled out for being too high.

Australia had topped the round-robin section with four wins
and a draw, while the Netherlands finished second after they
lost 3-1 to the Hockeyroos on Saturday.

China beat Argentina 9-8 on penalties to clinch third after
their match ended 2-2 after regulation and extra time.