Keil Brown of Australia shakes hands with goal keeper Jaap Stockmann of the Netherlands after the match between Australia and the Netherlands during day two of the Champions Trophy on December 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Keil Brown of Australia shakes hands with goal keeper Jaap Stockmann of the Netherlands after the match between Australia and the Netherlands during day two of the Champions Trophy on December 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Michael Dodge - Getty Images

Dutch goalkeeper keeps Kookaburras at bay

THE Kookaburras were held to a 0-0 draw by the Netherlands at the Champions Trophy yesterday.

The Australians tried all they could to secure a second straight win after beating Belgium 4-2 on Saturday.

But they were kept at bay by Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann on Sunday.

Stockmann came up with a number of world-class saves at Melbourne's State Hockey Centre.

Earlier England provided the shock of the tournament by downing Olympic gold medallists Germany 4-1, the first time England had beaten the Germans at Champions Trophy level.

Goals to Adam Dixon, Harry Martin and Henry Weir gave England a 3-1 lead at half-time, Germany's reply coming from an own goal by Richard Smith.

The chances of the young German side making a comeback took a hit after the break when Niklas Grell was given a red card, before Darren Cheesman sealed the win for England.

Also yesterday, Pakistan bounced back from its 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on day one to down Belgium 2-0.

The competition resumes tomorrow after a rest day today.


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