Next, the water emulsions allow the tears to flow freely. This was partly due to the conclusion of the games, but also the disappointment after the defeat and eventual sixth place.
Twice against Australia
This was the second time in this tournament that the Netherlands faced Australia. This team was also very strong during the opening match in Tokyo. Then the Netherlands gave up a big lead 8-4 and lost 15-12. After losing to Hungary (11-14) in the quarter-finals, Havinga’s team finished in the battle of fifth and sixth places with a beautiful 13-6 victory over China.
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On Saturday, Australia was better off the start whistle. The team immediately took the lead and steadily increased the margin. It finally became 14-7. It was a disappointing end to the international career of Dagmar Genee and Nomi Stomphorst.
On behalf of the Netherlands, top scorer Simone van de Krats is back on the right track. She scored three goals against Australia.
Battle for medals
Later in the day, the battle for medals was also on the programme. The United States did not care about Spain in the final. She was 14-5. It is the third consecutive gold medal for the US team. The last time another country won the gold was in 2008, when the Netherlands was the strongest.
The US national team won the Grand Final against Spain.
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The bronze medal match was even more exciting. Hungary made the difference against Russia in the last quarter: 11-9.
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