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Great Britain lose 4-1 to Australia

[img_assist|nid=3240|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=150|height=131]GREAT BRITAIN 1 (0)
Simon Mantell 55 (F)                 

AUSTRALIA 4 (2)
Matthew Butturini 8 (F)              
Matt Gohdes 22 (F)                  
Jamie Dwyer  57 (F)                  
Luke Doerner 68 (PC)                

Great Britain must now defeat Spain tonight to make the medal pool of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy hockey in Auckland.

World number one side Australia secured a convincing 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the rain delayed second pool game of the tournament

Australia scored early and with Great Britain struggling to maintain consistent possession the Kookaburras were good value for their 2-0 half-time lead. 

Simon Mantell, who along with Harry Martin was one of GB’s best performers on the day, brought GB back into the match with a hard-hit shot from teh top right of teh circle in the 55th minute. But Australia hit straight back through Jamie Dwyer, then sealed the game with a late penalty corner through Luke Doerner. 

In this tournament format, goal difference and points carry through into the second pool phase if both sides progress. With Australia already through, those two last-quarter goals could count heavily against GB if they defeat Spain tonight to make the medal pool. 

Great Britain head coach Jason Lee said, “We started well and were very much in the game until Australia scored. The players were made to work hard and I know that they will be disappointed, but we had some really good spells of play throughout both halves.”  Lee highlighted 19 year old Harry Martin’s strong performance in his first game against Australia.

Team manager Andy Halliday added, “The change in schedule puts all the teams under pressure, now facing five games in seven days.  We need to make sure that we refocus on the job in hand quickly to maximise the chances of a great performance against Spain in 24 hours time.”

Spain defeated Pakistan 4-2 overnight, leaving them ahead of GB in pool A on goal difference. GB play Spain at 11.05pm (UK Time) on Monday. 

Pay-for-view live streaming should be available on http://www.fih.livesport.tv/home

 

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