Facts and figures

ARGENTINA beat Holland 4-3 on penalties in the final at Perth to win the women's World Cup hockey for the first time. The scores were tied 1-1 after extra time and after the first five penalties, taking the shoot-out to sudden-death. Argentina had been beaten in three previous World Cup finals before breaking though this time to claim their first major title. With this victory, Argentina became only the fourth country after Holland (five times), Australia (twice) and Germany (twice) to win the women's World Cup hockey.

China took the third position by beating Australia 2-0 in the match played for the bronze. It was Australia's worst finish in the World Cup since 1986.

A total number of 247 goals were scored — 193 in 56 league matches and 54 in 16 classification matches — in 72 matches at an average of 3.43 goals per match. 109 players scored these goals. South Africa's Pietie Coetzee topped the list with nine goals followed by Agustina Garcia of Argentina with eight goals. Ukraine's Natalya Vasyukova took the third spot with seven goals.

Besides two goalless encounters, 10 other matches ended in draws. The matches went into the tie-breaker in the United States-vs Japan, England-vs South Korea and Argentian-vs Holland encounters.

Argentina's Luciana Aymar was adjudged the player of the tournament.

Most goals in a match:

9 (England 7, Germany 2); 8 (South Korea 6, Scotland 2); 7 (Germany 6, Spain 1); 7 (Holland 5, United States 2); 7 (Germany 5, Ukraine 2); 7 (Ukraine 4, Ireland 3).

Biggest victories: 6-0 Holland bt Ireland; 6-0 South Africa bt Ireland; 7-2 England bt Germany; 6-1 Germany bt Spain; 5-0 Argentina bt Scotland; 5-0 South Korea bt Russia; 5-0 Australia bt South Africa.

Goalless matches: China vs South Korea; Japan vs United States (United States won on penalties 4-2).

Top goal-scorers: 9 Coetzee Pietie (South Africa); 8 Agustina Garcia (Argentina); 7 Natalya Vasyukova (Ukraine); 6 Ernsting-Krienke Nadine (Germany).

The Final Standings: Team Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Success% 1. Argentina (4) 9 9 — — 19 3 100.00 2. Holland (2) 9 7 1 1 24 6 83.33 3. China (11) 9 6 1 2 16 6 72.22 4. Australia (1) 9 5 1 3 17 9 61.11 5. England (9) 9 5 2 2 22 14 66.66 6. South Korea (5) 9 5 2 2 25 10 66.66 7. Germany (3) 9 5 — 4 25 18 55.55 8. Spain 9 3 2 4 12 17 44.44 9. United States (8) 9 4 — 5 10 17 44.44 10. Japan 9 3 4 2 10 7 55.55 11. New Zealand (6) 9 3 — 6 11 13 33.33 12. Scotland (10) 9 2 — 7 8 27 22.22 13. South Africa (7) 9 3 2 4 17 19 44.44 14. Ukraine 9 2 2 5 16 29 33.33 15. Ireland 9 1 — 8 8 26 11.11 16. Russia 9 — 1 8 7 26 05.55 Top Three in each World Cup: Year Venue Winner Runner-up Third 1974 Mandelieu Holland Argentina W.Germany 1976 Berlin W.Germany Argentina Holland

1978 Madrid Holland W.Germany Argentina/Belgium

1981 Buenos Aires W.Germany Holland USSR 1983 Kuala Lumpur Holland Canada Australia 1986 Amsterdam Holland W.Germany Canada 1990 Sydney Holland Australia South Korea 1994 Dublin Australia Argentina United States 1998 Utrecht Australia Holland Germany 2002 Perth Argentina Holland China — Compiled by S. Pervez Qaiser