Veteran Teun de Nooijer masterminded a brilliant 5-3 win for holders Holland against Australia in the 25th Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the packed Wagener Stadium here today. The midfielder, hero of many a Dutch triumph, set up the first two goals, as the hosts saw off a late comeback by the Aussies to record their second straight win and top the league table with six points. The Dutch were obviously keen on wiping off their bitter 1-6 defeat to the Australians during a Test series Down Under earlier this year, and they were far more positive today as compared to yesterday when they came back from 0-3 to beat India 4-3.
Matthijs Brouwer and Karel Klaver capped brilliant runs by de Nooijer to put the Dutch ahead 2-0 by the 22nd minute. The Aussies pulled one back past the 30th when Nathan Eglington came up with a brilliant turn of speed after receiving a Paul Gaudoin pass and slammed home from the top of the circle. On resumption, the Dutch picked up the pace and scored thrice through Rob Reckers who flicked home from close, Taeke Taekemaersion and Bram Lomans who made good a penalty stroke following an obstruction on Floris Evers. Trailing 1-5 in the last quarter, the Aussies applied pressure and breached the Dutch defence to score twice. Mathew Wells found the net from a penalty corner and then Dean Butler made the best of a defence lapse. However, the home side managed to hang on to their advantage to pouch full points. (PTI)