Australia wins FIH World Cup on POLIGRAS® Olympia
The FIH World Cup final between Germany and Australia had the two top mens’ hockey team fight for the trophy on POLIGRAS® Olympia. Australia, whose previous World Cup title came way back in 1986, had lost the last two finals against Germany in 2002 and 2006, but had the upper hand this time. With a final score of 2:1 the Germans, hoping to become the first team in history to bag a hat-trick of titles, were outpaced by the speedy Australians. On POLIGRAS® Olympia – the official pitch of the FIH World Cup, Luke Doerner scored the winning penalty corner 11 minutes from the end after Eddie Ockenden had put the Kookaburras ahead in the sixth minute and Moritz Fuerste drew level for Germany in the 48th.
The POLIGRAS® Olympia surface in the remodeled and reconstructed Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium provided the stage for the approx 12,000 spectators following the match that showcased the best two teams of the competition. STI Managing Director Stephen Niven, who had the opportunity to visit the venue during the pool matches summarized: “As an Australian company STI is extremely proud to do its part to support elite hockey globally”. Interestingly, Australian legendary coach Ric Charlesworth watched the final from the stands behind the goal, rather than on the bench, just as he had done in the semi-final against the Netherlands. Charlesworth, who was part of Australia’s Cup winning squad in 1986, became only the second man after Dutchman Hans Jorritsma to win the World Cup both as a player and coach.
Congratulations to the Kookaburras from the STI team back home!
TI – Official Pitch Supplier FIH World Cup 2010