Sunday, May 25, 2008

Argentina claim Champion's Trophy

Argentina are the winners of the Samsung Champions Trophy Women 2008, after defeating Germany 6-2 in a wonderful final here in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

The thrilling encounter was played in front of the biggest crowd of the week, who did their best to encourage the home team in every possible way.

WorldHockey Player of the Year 2007 Luciana Aymar enhanced her reputation as the world’s finest player with a stunning performance, setting up two goals and at times looking like an almost unstoppable force going forward.

However, the match was not all about Aymar, with Alejandra Gulla scoring a three times to help her side triumph over Germany .

Aymar was named as the MVP of the tournament, with Germany ’s Kristina Reynolds given the goalkeeper of the tournament award. The top goal scorer award was jointly shared by Australia’s Megan Rivers and Netherlands Marilyn Agliotto, who both scored five times during the tournament.

Earlier in the day, The Netherlands produced a wonderful display to defeat China 3-0, sealing the Bronze medal. Goals came from Agliotto, Wieke Dijkstra and Eefke Mulder, sealing a terrific third place finish for a side that were far from full strength.

Australia made light work of defeating Japan in the 5th / 6th place play-off match, winning the contest 3-0. Nikki Hudson was in excellent form for her side, creating a goal and scoring another. Sarah Young opened the scoring for The Hockeyroos, with Rivers and Hudson completing the scoring.

However, it was Argentina ’s day, and they will hope that can take the confidence of winning this event into the Beijing Olympic Games. Argentina have sealed their place in the 2009 Samsung Champions Trophy, and will be joined by World Champions Netherlands and host nation Australia . The winning team at the 2008 Olympic Games plus the two highest finishers in Beijing will complete the line-up.

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