|June 13th, 2013|
|2||Pool B||8:00pm||NED - NZL||3 - 3 (1 - 2)||Final||x 3|
Netherlands – New Zealand 3-3 (1-2 halftime)
Much like their female counterparts, the Dutch men had their hands full today in their Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final debut, and like the women, they were able to salvage a point from the outing in a 3-3 draw against #6 New Zealand.
Jeroen Hertzberger opened the scoring with a penalty stroke goal in the 19th minute. It was a mirror start to the women, who also netted a first-half penalty stroke. But unlike the women’s game, the New Zealand men had an immediate response when Hug Inglis struck with a field goal a minute later. Inglis gave the Black Sticks the 2-1 lead three minutes before the break when he deflected a shot from Phil Burrows from nearly midfield.
The game could have gone either way when the second half started as it was a see-saw battle in the first ten minutes of the stanza. But the tide turned in New Zealand’s favor when Jacob Smith was in an ideal position in the slot and got a perfect pass to complete the play for the 3-1 lead.
Herzberger got the Dutch within striking distance when he put in a short corner goal with 15 minutes left in regulation and just over two minutes later, a field goal from Valentin Verga pulled the hosts even with New Zealand, setting up a grand showdown in the last 10 minutes. The grand showdown turned more into a slow simmer as the both teams were out of gas and had to settle for the 3-3 draw.
Tomorrow Pool A springs into action as Spain will take one France, while Australia meets Belgium. All four men’s team that played today are idle tomorrow. Saturday will feature all eight men’s team in action in a men’s-only day of action in Rotterdam.
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:04 pm||We're on game six of the day -- the grand finale -- and the grand debut for the Dutch men against New Zealand|
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:19 pm||Nearly 15 minutes are gone in the game and we're still looking at donuts on the scoreboard between NZL and NED|
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:33 pm||The Netherlands gets a penalty corner goal, but New Zealand quickly erases the lead and the game is locked at one|
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:43 pm||New Zealand takes the 2-1 lead with three minutes left in the half as Inglis gets his stick on a long shot from Burrows|
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:44 pm||Half time for the teams -- New Zealand with the minor surprise 2-1 lead at the break|
|June 13th, 2013 at 1:53 pm||#3 Netherlands has 35 minutes to live up to their billing against #6 New Zealand. The Dutch trail 1-2 and second half is on...|
|June 13th, 2013 at 2:06 pm||Jacob Smith pulls New Zealand out to a 3-1 lead after waiting in the perfect position for a pass in the slot.|
|June 13th, 2013 at 2:16 pm||The Dutch creep back into the game as Herzberger sinks his second goal, this time on the pc. Score now 3-2 for NZL.|
|June 13th, 2013 at 2:34 pm||We have our third tie of the day s Netherlands and New Zealand finish in a 3-3 draw.|
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