They have been down on form and confidence in the past few games, and only just managed to scrape through to the quarter-finals. Considering the tournament they’ve had, it was entirely foreseeable that the Kookaburras would go out at this stage. They just didn’t look like they had the right stuff from the very first time they took to the pitch.
One of the best sides in the tournament, the Netherlands showed why they were one of the highest-rated teams coming into the tournament, making the number one ranked side in world hockey look second rate.
It was a dominating performance from start (quite literally) to finish, and they are now through to the semi-finals. The Australians will have to go back and ponder what could have been.
Once again, they lacked the punch in attack that has made them Champions Trophy holders.
Despite four goals on the board, it was actually the Dutch defence that won them the game and dominated the contest. Their orange wall of defence refused to give the Kookaburras an inch throughout the entire game.
Even when giving up a pair of penalty corners, the Netherlands defused it with ease and swamped the Australian offence.
With the few chances they had, Australia lacked that execution and final delivery that the Dutch were delivering up the other end.
It simply hasn’t been there for the Kookaburras during this Olympics. They entered the tournament as one of the favourites, but a few controversies in the build-up to the Games and some setbacks early, it wasn’t going to be.
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Netherlands – 4
De Voogd 28′
Van Der Weerden 49′
The Kookaburras missed a medal and the semi-final round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the first time they have missed the medal round since the 1980 boycott (2012 was eight in a row), a record better than all the other top-ten ranked nations in the world.