The Finals on Day 7 at the 2011 Women’s Champions Trophy was always going to be a mouthwatering affair. The battle for third place was between Asian powerhouse Korea and an impressive young New Zealand, while Olympic champions The Netherlands were up against World Cup title holders Argentina for the Gold Medal.
The finals day did not arrive without its fair share of controversy, with Argentina taking Koreas place in the Gold Medal match due to an oversight in the FIH tournament rules. More on this can be read here.
Now to the action in the match for the bronze.
The Black Sticks took a 1-0 lead in the contest thanks to a ripper of a penalty corner from Gryphon’s Katie Glynn, who rattled the back-board with a fearsome strike in the 15th minute. Less than 60 seconds later, it was another Gryphon girl, Krystal Forgesson, who doubled the advantage from close range following a typically slick attacking move from New Zealand.
Although 2-0 down, Korea competed well but struggled to create any meaningful chances. Eventually though, their incredible work-rate and persistence won them a penalty corner and a chance to get back in the medal hunt, only for the Kiwi keeper to make a fantastic save and deny the Koreans an opening.
It proved to be their only decent chance of the first half, but the Koreans came out fighting at the start of the second period, clearly determined to get their hands on that bronze medal. Korea eventually got the goal they deserved in the 42nd minute, with one of their strikers receiving the ball on the right of the circle before crashing a thunderous strike through the legs of the goalkeeper to drag them back into the match.
Korea were in the ascendency, pressing the Black Sticks deep into their own half and looking increasingly confident going forward, although they were thwarted on various occasions by excellent defensive work from New Zealand.
The pressure seemed too much for the Black Sticks as one of their defenders made a bad challenge in the defensive 25, she was shown a yellow card and the Korean awarded a penalty corner. Korea took full advantage of the opportunity, slamming a drag flick into the bottom corner to tie the scores.
With the prospect of extra time looming large, both sides went in search of a winner in the final ten minutes of the match. New Zealand forward Katie Glynn won a penalty corner for her team with just over one minute remaining, but they failed to find the back of the net with their flick.
However, a goalmouth scramble in the dying seconds of the match was bundled over the line by the Kiwis after some desperate lead up work by Glynn, sparking wild celebrations from her team mates who knew that they had just claimed their first ever Champions Trophy medal.
New Zealand 3 – Korea 2 (2-0)
> This is the Black Sticks first CT medal ever.
> New Zealand are the ninth team ever to collect a medal in the Women’s Champions Trophy.
> Korea finished 4th, having won just 1 of their 6 matches at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> Korea scored their first penalty corner goal of the tournament to finish Amstelveen 2011 on 1 from 22.
> New Zealand’s penalty corner success rate for the tournament is 3 for 14.
> Gryphon’s Katie Glynn and Charlotte Harrison are New Zealand’s top goalscorer at Amstelveen 2011 on 3 goals.
> Charlotte Harrison and Gryphon’s Katie Glynn also became New Zealand’s all-time top scorers in CT competition on 5 CT career goals.
> Korea have scored 12 goals at Amstelveen 2012. New Zealand and China have scored 11 times.
> Korea have netted most field goals (11).
Highlights of the match below thanks to FIH
[iframe name="player" src="http://gryphon-life.com/player.html" width="300" height="360" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" hspace=10 vspace=5]