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Jonkers stars as Dutch win new field hockey league

January 18, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — Constantijn Jonkers scored a hat trick as the Netherlands defeated New Zealand 7-2 in the final of the inaugural Hockey World League on Saturday.

In an open game, the Dutch were better at converting chances than the surprising Kiwis.

Jonkers put the Dutch ahead in the 17th minute and scored another off a long pass from around the center in the 35th. They sandwiched a goal by Billy Bakker to lead 3-0 by halftime.

Bob de Voogd made it 4-0 a minute into the new half before New Zealand finally replied through Steve Edwards, with the first of his pair.

Rogeier Hofman (45th), Bakker (59th) and Jonker (61st) piled on, while Edwards’ second made it 5-2.

Jonkers said his team, which started the tournament with a loss to Argentina then beat Olympic champion Germany and world champion Australia, was capable of playing even better in the World Cup to be hosted by the Dutch from June 2-14.

“We played well but I think this is just the start, nothing more than that,” Jonkers said. “We’ve been improving minute to minute and I’m sure we’re capable of doing much better.”

In the match to decide third place, England played tight to surprise Australia 2-1.

Captain Barry Middleton’s 54th-minute deflection off a pass from Ashley Jackson sealed the win for England after a number of attacks from either side failed to move things from 1-1 at halftime.

Earlier, England scored its first goal in the 13th through Tom Carson only to see Australia strike back three minutes later when Glenn Turner found the mark.

Meanwhile, German midfielder Tobias Hauke was named player of the year for 2013, only the second man to win the junior and senior award after Jamie Dwyer of Australia.

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