No, not THAT World Cup. We Aussies know our place in the football world. A blow or two punching above our weight would be a satisfactory result.
But in the Hockey World Cup, Australia and Nederland have made it to the finals in both Mens’ and Womens’ tournaments, so it’s worth a trip down to Den Haag to share the fun.
All in all, a great event, really well-organised and friendly. The atmosphere among the spectators was good-natured and happy. We particularly enjoyed the comment of the American lady we met, who’d been playing in the veterans tournament being held in Rotterdam. ‘We came second,’ she said, ‘…in every game. But we had a great time.’
Roll on the AUS v NL finals!
STOP PRESS: Womens’ final: NED 2 – AUS 0.
Men’s final: AUS 6 – NED 1.
Both very fair results. Thanks for hosting a super World Cup, Den Haag.