Following their victory at the Wanglibao Hockey Champions Trophy Changzhou Wujin, Netherlands remain the world’s number one women’s team in the FIH Hero World Rankings.
The 5-1 victory over Australia means the Netherlands has joined Argentina as the most successful team in Champions Trophy history – both teams have won the competition eight times.
The win also means the Dutch have extended their unbeaten run to 43 competitive games (42 wins and one draw): the last time they lost a match was a test match against Belgium on 29 July 2017.
The newly-released rankings mean the Netherlands is the world’s number one side since October 2011.
A second place finish in Changzhou has moved Australia, who are currently ranked third in the world, to within touching distance of Great Britain/England who remains in second place in the rankings courtesy of a win over Japan in the fifth/sixth place match at the Hockey Champions Trophy.
Photograph: Dutch on the podium (World Sports Pics (c))