[img_assist|nid=6631|title=Final goal|desc=Harry Martin in action vs Australia|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]PERTH, November 25 – England are accentuating the positive after losing the Super9s series final 5-2 to hosts Australia.
In the final England fell to an early Australian blitz ahead of an improved second-half performance.
Four down inside ten minutes with five-times world player of the year Jamie Dwyer among the scorers, England’s inexperienced team battled hard to establish a first half foothold in the game. The second half saw a spirited England response with Waterloo Ducks’ Alastair Brogdon and Beeston’s Harry Martin netting either side of Jacob Whetton’s second goal for Australia.
In a similar contest to Saturday’s pool phase clash between the two sides, England played well in spells but were ultimately undone by a clinical Australian side playing on home turf and gunning for a second consecutive Super Series Hockey 9s title.
Former Bowdon forward Alastair Brogdon, now at Waterloo Ducks in Belgium scored England’s first with 17 minutes and Beeston’s young Olympian Harry Martin concluded the second half with a penalty corner goal.
While the result might not have gone England’s way, coach Bobby Crutchley said he was pleased with how England’s young and less experienced players had acquitted themselves in the tournament which has included victories over India and Pakistan.
“I’m really pleased with how the week has gone and I’m happy with how we’ve been progressing,” Crutchley said.
“We have learned a lot this week playing in some very hot conditions against the best in the world. Our new players have adapted well to the step up to international hockey and the wins against India and Pakistan were pleasing. It’s been good preparation for the Champions Trophy.”
England will now travel to Melbourne where they will embark on final preparations for the Champions Trophy tournament, which begins next Saturday (1 December). There they will face Olympic Champions Germany as well as New Zealand and India in the pool.
AUSTRALIA 5 (4), Jamie Dwyer (F) 4; Eddie Ockenden (F) 5; Jacob Whetton (F, F) 6, 27;Matthew Ghodes (F) 10 ENGLAND 2 (0) Alastair Brogdon (F) 23; Harry Martin (PC) 36
ENGLAND SQUAD FOR THE FINAL V AUSTRALIA
Name (Club) [Position]
Patrick Smith (Cannock) [Goalkeeper]
Richard Smith (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles) (BEL) [Defender]
Henry Weir (Loughborough Students) [Midfielder]
Dan Shingles (Southgate) [Midfielder]
Darren Cheesman (Reading) [Midfielder]
Harry Martin (Beeston) [Midfielder]
Barry Middleton (c) (HGC) (NED) [Midfielder/Forward]
Simon Egerton (Beeston) [Forward]
Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead) [Forward]
George Pinner (Beeston) [Goalkeeper]
Ollie Willars (Beeston) [Defender]
Michael Hoare (Beeston) [Defender]
Adam Dixon (Beeston) [Defender/Midfielder]
Dan Fox (Hampstead & Westminster) [Defender]
David Condon (Loughborough Students) [Midfielder]
Nick Catlin (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles) (BEL) [Forward]
Alastair Brogdon (Waterloo Ducks) (BEL) [Forward]
Ben Arnold (Beeston) [Forward]