Sensational semis set up Super Sunday

Netherland's Kelly Jonker celebrates scoring the opening goal (R) with Eva de Geode and Kitty van Male (C) against South Africa in the first semi final of the Investec London Cup

The Netherlands and Australia will meet in Sunday's Investec London Cup final after winning their respective semi finals in dramatic fashion.  The Dutch let slip a 2-0 lead against South Africa and were taken to  a shoot-out competition but held their nerve to win it 4-2 while Australia roared back from 2-0 down to beat Germany 3-2 with a penalty corner winner in the very last seconds.

The results mean that South Africa and Germany will play off for the bronze medal on Sunday while Ireland and Great Britain will meet each other for fifth place. That match gets underway at 10:30am with seating tickets available on the gate from 9:00am.

Semi Final 1 - Netherlands 2-2 South Africa (NED win 4-2 in shoot-out)

South Africa and the Netherlands served up a real treat in the first of the semi finals at the Investec London Cup on Saturday afternoon.  After falling 2-0 down, South Africa rallied strongly to peg the world's number one side back to 2-2 before taking the match to a shoot-out competition.

After two efforts each it was 2-2 but the Netherlands won through to Sunday's live Final, winning 4-2 in the shoot-out competition.

Thursday's hat-trick heroine Kelly Jonker began where she had left off in the pool stages, giving the Dutch the lead in just the third minute.  And it looked as if the reigning Olympic champions would blaze off into the distance when captain Maartje Paumen made it 2-0 with ten minutes on the clock.

But credit to South Africa, as the half continued they rediscovered their rhythm, winning more possession and creating chances.  With three minutes of the first half remaining Pietee Coetzee gave her team a lifeline as she halved the deficit.

Returning for the second half, South Africa were resurgent. Marsha Marescia and her teammates began to win more of the 50-50s, putting the Dutch under pressure while shutting up shop at the back.  Indeed, South Africa did not conceed a penalty corner in the entire second period.  With 55 minutes on the clock Coetzee struck again - this time from a trademark penalty corner high into the net.  The goal, her 240th in international hockey, sparked jubilent scenes in the stands as the match was thrown wide open.

Still South Africa pressed but the Dutch held firm and with 70 minutes played the match went to a shoot-out competition.  All square after two shots each, South Africa's Leslie-Ann George saw her effort go narrowly wide.  The momentum swung to the Dutch when Willemijn Bos netted the next and Tarryn Bright saw her shot saved by Fllortje Engels. Eva de Goede rounded things off with the Netherlands' fourth successful attempt. 

Australia celebrate a winning goal against Germany in the semi final of the Investec London Cup in Chiswick

Semi Final 2 - Germany 2-3 Australia

The second semi final of the day saw world number three side Germany take on Australia, ranked four places below them.  It was a tale of the underdog as the Hockeyroos came from behind in dramatic style to take the game 3-2 in the dying seconds and book their place in Sunday’s Investec London Cup Final.

Following a narrow victory over Great Britain on Thursday evening Germany came into the game as winners of Pool B, whilst Australia had finished second to the Netherlands in Pool A.

Maike Stockel’s fifth minute goal gave Germany the early advantage and the European silver medal winners went two goals up thanks to a goal from Eileen Hoffman almost midway through the second half.  But, the seemingly in control Germans found themselves on the end of a second half Hockeyroo comeback as Emily Smith, Kobie McGurk and Anna Flanagan all found the target in the final 16 minutes.  With the match seemingly headed for a shoot-out competition, Australia were awarded a penalty corner just as the clock hit 70 minutes and the score at 2-2.  With the hooter gone, Flanagan’s powerful flick flew high into the net sparking wild scenes of celebration from the girls in yellow and setting up a clash with Olympic Champions the Netherlands on Sunday.  Germany will now face South Africa in the battle for the bronze medal.

Speaking after the game Australian Head Coach Adam Commens said, “Overall I’m pleased with the result, although slightly disappointed with some aspects, especially ball control, which is an area we’ve been looking to progress.”

Following the narrow defeat Germany Head Coach Michael Behrmann said, “We had a really good first half and showed good control.  In the second half we had chances to make it 3-1, but the Australians put on a lot of pressure towards the end.  It was disappointing to lose in the final seconds.”

Tickets for Sunday’s Finals Day will be available from the ticket office at the Investec London Cup in Chiswick from 9:00am on Sunday.  There’s a bumper day of activities and entertainment on offer including the Kids’ Fun Zone, the opportunity to meet your hockey heroes and great prizes to be won in our half time competitions.  Tickets for Sunday give access to the venue for three matches – Great Britain’s match against Ireland (10:30), the bronze medal playoff between South Africa and Germany (13:30) and the Investec London Cup Final between the Netherlands and Australia (16:00).

Investec London Cup Finals Day Fixtures
Sunday 10th June 2012

10:30 5th/6th: Great Britain v Ireland
13:30 Bronze Medal: South Africa v Germany
16:00 Final: Netherlands v Australia

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