The Netherlands, winner of the inaugural Hockey 5s Women's World Cup. FIH

A brilliant performance by the Dutch in Muscat, Oman, saw them defeat India in the final to add another trophy to their impressive record which includes Olympic gold, senior and junior world titles, world indoor championship gold and the FIH Hockey Pro League title.

Before the Netherlands beat India in the final, Poland defeated South Africa to take bronze. In the newly introduced Challenger Trophy for teams that didn't make it past the quarter-finals, it was the United States who won against Namibia to claim the special trophy. 

The final was a display of effectiveness and balance from the Dutch. Their first half was so brilliant that all they needed was a 7-2 win over India in the final. The Dutch were without their captain and eventual player of the tournament, Noor de Baat, who was ruled out of the final with a knee injury suffered in the semi-final. It was an obstacle. But the team played so well that they didn't miss her. 

The early goals were crucial. They were 2-0 up after just four minutes and the game was firmly in their hands. But there was more to come. They finished the first half 6-0 up. India improved in the second half and won the period 2-1, but it was too late to overturn the Dutch lead.

The Netherlands continue to add to their hockey legend by winning the Hockey 5s. FIH
The Netherlands continue to add to their hockey legend by winning the Hockey 5s. FIH

Bente van der Veldt scored two of the Netherlands' seven goals in the final. She took her personal tally to 15, the second highest of the tournament. Reflecting on the Dutch success, Janneke van de Venne said: "We feel great as a team. We've worked hard for this and we're very proud to have achieved it today. It has been such a tough journey, but we are proud to be here. It's really nice to play against all these countries, you play against countries you never play against, so it's really great to be doing this and to be at the World Cup.

Poland didn't give South Africa a chance in the bronze medal match, winning 4-2. Amelia Katerla scored all four of Poland's goals. She was delighted with her team's third-place finish: "It's great. It was our goal and we did it, so we are very happy. It's a great success because at the moment we're concentrating more on Hockey5s and indoor, and it's a small group that plays hockey anyway, so it's hard for us to promote for the Olympics or the bigger tournaments. So these tournaments mean a lot to us.

Netherlands, India, and Poland claimed the medals. FIH
Netherlands, India, and Poland claimed the medals. FIH

With fifth place on the line, Uruguay never looked back. They beat Malaysia 8-4. The 'Charruas' took a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, Malaysia equalised three minutes later and the South Americans went into the break 3-2 up. Teresa Viana punished Malaysia in the second half. She scored six goals in the match to finish as the tournament's top scorer with 19 goals and was named player of the match. 

Ukraine were too good for New Zealand in a 6-0 win to claim seventh place, with Karyna Leonova adding four more goals to take her tally to 10.

Challenger Trophy

The United States dominated the play-off for ninth place in the Challenger Trophy, but only won 2-0 thanks to another masterclass from Namibia goalkeeper Petro Stoffberg. Australia defeated Fiji 8-3 and Thailand beat Paraguay 5-3 to finish 13th. Zambia beat hosts Oman 11-3 for the 15th place.

Abigail Burnett commented on the USA's performance at the event: "I'm really excited that we won, it shows our determination as a team and our energy to keep fighting. We had a really tough pool, but I think we fought through it and I think it shows back home that we can compete here and that even though we're playing for the Challenger Trophy instead of the big trophy, we still worked hard."

USA won the Challenger Trophy. FIH
USA won the Challenger Trophy. FIH

Tournament Awards:

-Gold medallists: Netherlands.

-Silver medallists: India.

-Bronze medallists: Poland. 

-Women's Challenger Trophy winner: United States. 

-Women's Challenger Trophy runner-up: Namibia. 

-Best goalkeeper: Marta Kucharska (Poland). 

-Best junior player: Deepika Soreng (India). 

-Top scorer (19 goals): Teresa Viana (Uruguay). 

-Best player: Noor De Baat (Netherlands).

-Results: Zambia - Oman (11-3), Thailand - Paraguay (5-3), Fiji - Australia (3-8), Namibia - United States (0-2), Ukraine - New Zealand (6-0), Uruguay - Malaysia (8-4), Poland - South Africa (4-2), Netherlands - India (7-2).

 Final Positions:

  1.  Netherlands.
  2.  India.

  3.  Poland.

  4.  South Africa.

  5.  Uruguay.

  6.  Malaysia.

  7.  Ukraine.

  8.  New Zealand.

  9.  United States.

  10.  Namibia.

  11.  Australia.

  12.  Fiji.

  13.  Thailand.

  14.  Paraguay.

  15.  Zambia.

  16.  Oman.