Argentinian Women Win Seventh Champions Trophy, Set New Record
Argentina’s field hockey team beat Netherlands to win the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in London. (Photo: AP)
Argentina’s field hockey team beat Netherlands to win the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in London. (Photo: AP)

Argentinian Women Win Seventh Champions Trophy, Set New Record

The Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over reigning World and Olympic champions, The Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Sunday.

First quarter goals from Martina Cavallero and Noel Barrionuevo gave Las Leonas a 2-0 lead to stun the top-ranked Dutch, who were missing team captain and talisman Maartje Paumen through injury.

The Netherlands hit back with a high quality penalty corner flick from Eva de Goede just after half time, but Argentina held on to win their third successive Champions Trophy title.

We didn’t play our best yesterday but we were playing for nothing and it is always different for us in a final.
Carla Rebecchi, Captain, Argentina 
Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi, right, and Netherlands’ Margot van Geffen in action during the 1st-2nd place playoff match between Netherlands and Argentina. (Photo: AP)
Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi, right, and Netherlands’ Margot van Geffen in action during the 1st-2nd place playoff match between Netherlands and Argentina. (Photo: AP)

Rebecchi finished as the competitions’ top scorer with seven goals and was named the competition’s best player.

As well as Rebecchi’s individual awards double, Netherlands’ shot-stopper Joyce Sombroek was named as best goalkeeper while Rebecchi’s 21-year-old team-mate Maria Granatto was named as the best junior player.

Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title. (Photo: AP)
Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title. (Photo: AP)

In the bronze medal game, USA battled to a shootout victory over Australia, giving the team a first Champions Trophy medal since wining bronze at the 1995 event in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The Americans, ranked world number seven, bounced back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, thanks to a double from Katie Bam before their keeper Jackie Briggs kept a clean sheet against third-ranked Australia.

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