The Hockeyroos undefeated start to the 2018 Women's Champions Trophy has come to end against world no.1 Netherlands with a 3-0 loss.
It was a dominant performance by the Dutch despite a slow start to the match until Marijn Veen opened the scoring in the second quarter.
The lead was doubled minutes later when the Netherlands won a penalty stroke from a short corner after the shot from Maartje Krekelaar was blocked by Jane Claxton’s foot on the line.
Caia Van Maasakker buried the shot to give the Dutch a 2-0 heading into halftime.
Down the other end, Australia finally entered the circle just before the end of the first half but the shot from Maddy Fitzpatrick’s shot was blocked.
The Netherlands weren't done yet as they raced down the end to try to collect a third but the shot from Maria Verschoor, who was unmarked, didn't go to plan.
Australia found their way back into the match in the 40th minutes when Stephanie Kershaw drove forward but hit the deck inside the circle, the Hockeyroos called for a referral which earnt them a penalty stroke.
However, the effort from Jodie Kenny was saved before Ginella Zerbo made it 3-0 for the top-ranked team.
"I think why they showed why they're the best, we tried to challenge them and they are very good," Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin said.
"We were disappointed with our performance but we have a lot to learn from this match," he said.
Up next for Australia is hosts China on Thursday from 7pm AEDT LIVE on FoxSports 507 & http://kayosports.com.au.