The Netherlands women’s hockey team edged out the Australian women’s team (4-3) in a shootout after being locked (2-2) in regulation time to clinch the Gold Medal at the FIH Pro League tournament in Amstelveen.
Mariah Williams and Kaitlin Nobbs scored for Australia while Mar Veen and Kelly Jonker scored for Netherlands in regulation time.
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The Netherlands women's hockey team edge out the Australian women's team (4-3) in a shootout after being locked (2-2) in regulation time to clinch the Gold Medal at the FIH Pro League tournament in Amstelveen.#FIHProLeague | #NEDvsAUS | #WomensHockey pic.twitter.com/bzjIpmmUYQ
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With the match drawn, the Hockeyroos went to the shootout for the second time in two games.
The shootout was also a tense affair, with the Netherlands winning 4-3 and claiming the Pro League title.
Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin spoke of the pride he had in his team no matter the result.
“Extremely proud of the effort of the girls today in a really tough environment. It was a very competitive match, we had some good chances in the third quarter which was pleasing to see,” he said post-match.
“Anyone could have won the shootout…it is really important to have the opportunity to play in these matches which provide such great experience for Oceania Cup and the Tokyo Olympics.”
Netherlands ace Xan de Waard said she is extremely proud of her teams performance.
“It was amazing, it was a tough match with the shoot-outs but I’m so proud we got the win. It’s the first FIH Pro League ever, so I think that is amazing. We’ve had so much fun, so to end it like this is amazing.”