Netherlands win Investec London Cup

Netherlands celebrate winning the Investec London Cup

Reigning Olympic Champions the Netherlands lifted the Investec London Cup on Sunday courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Australia's Hockeyroos.  Dutch pair Maartje Paumen and Kelly Jonker shared the prize of tournament top goal scorer with five goals each while South Africa Captain Marsha Marescia was named Player of the Tournament.

Germany won the bronze medal after beating South Africa 6-2 in the second match of the day while Great Britain finished ahead of Ireland in fifth place after a 3-0 win on Sunday morning.

The Dutch edged a competitive first half in front of a full house at the University of Chiswick Sports Ground, leading 1-0 at the break courtesy of Carlien Dirkse van de Heuvel's 28th minute goal.  But after returning for the second half, the world's number one side stretched their lead and with it wrestled control of the match and the Investec London Cup trophy. Maartje Paumen doubled the advantage in the 44th minute and two minutes later Kelly Jonker made it 3-0 with her fifth of the tournament. 

Just 60 seconds later, Georgia Nanscawen pulled one back for Australia but Paumen bagged her second and the Dutch side's fourth with 14 minutes remaining to seal a memorable victory.  Paumen's well executed penalty corner goal was also her fifth of the tournament, drawing the Netherlands' captain level with teammate Jonker as tournament top scorer.

Earlier, world number three Germany picked up the bronze medal at the end of an eight goal thriller with South Africa.

An even first half saw Germany take the lead through the irrepressible Natascha Keller with a ninth minute penalty corner but South Africa's Dirkie Chamberlain levelled two minutes later to a huge cheer from the crowd.

Midway through the half Germany retook the lead through Kristina Hillman and that is how it stayed until five minutes into the second period when the tide turned in the Germans' favour.  Julia Muller's penalty corner made it 3-1 before Janine Beermann, a scorer against GB on Thursday, made it 4-1. Beermann doubled her tally with 12 minutes remaining before Katharina Otte struck Germany's sixth eight minutes from time.

Pietie Coetzee  still found time to net a consolation equaliser, her 241st international goal, but the match was long gone, Germany running out 6-2 winners.

On Sunday morning, Great Britain beat Ireland 3-0 with two goals from Leicester's Hannah Macleod and one from Reading's former Kelburne defender Emily Maguire. Read the report here.