Heartbreak as Aussie men out of medal running

Heartbreak as Aussie men out of medal running

Netherlands defeat Aus 4 - nil

Author: Holly MacNeil/Monday, 15 August 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsKookaburrasEventsOlympic Games


Billy Bakker (FG) 1 
Bob de Voogd (FG) 28 
Valentin Verga (FG) 33 
Mink van der Weerden (PC) 49

Australia have been knocked out at the quarter final stages of Rio 2016, going out to World #2 the Netherlands 4 – nil and ending their consecutive Olympic medal streak.

The Netherlands took the early lead, scoring in the first minute of play, with Billy Bakker sneaking one in past Goalkeeper Andrew Charter with a tomahawk from the top of the circle going low into goal. 

Glenn Turner broke away for a run to goal, but without anyone to pass to the shot on goal went high. With 20 seconds to go before quarter time, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Gohdes both went for a shot on goal but goalkeeper Jacob Stockmann defended beautifully.

Going into the second quarter, the Aussies were looking to apply pressure to equalise the match however, Bob de Voogd denied the Aussies the chance with a sneaky one from low on the baseline sailing right into goal past Charter.

Australia was still behind the boys, posting their support:



The Aussies looked to bring it back to level again through a penalty corner with only 7 seconds to go in the first half, but the trap was all over the place and the boys went into half time trailing by two. 

Three minutes into the third, and it was another one for the Netherlands, with Valentin Verga getting a shot in on a deflection, taking Andrew Charter to the floor in the process.

With 15 minutes to go the Australians were chasing. 

The Netherlands extended their lead with 11 minutes to go with Mink van der Weerden making it impossible for the Aussies to come back. The Dutch defender managing to get a penalty corner in to net through a gap between Andrew Charter and Tim Deavin.

The Aussies were determined to give it everything, replacing goalkeeper Andrew Charter with an 11th on field player to give them as much of a chance as possible. Unfortunately the Netherlands were the better team on the day, and Australia’s run of medals at six consecutive Olympics was over.

Australia was as devastated as the boys were:

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Athlete (Hometown) 
Australian Men v Netherlands Start List 

Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 120/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 194/115
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 138/6
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 365/243
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 38/28
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 231/15
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 291/24
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 284/65
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 209/56
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 108/44
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 97/12

Used Substitute
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 87/15
Matthew Dawson (Central Coast, NSW) 53/8
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 159/53
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 146/6
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW) 136/96