GREAT BRITAIN WOMEN – AUSTRALIA TOUR RESULTS
Saturday 16 February
Hope Munro 64,67 (F,F)
Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) 40 (F)
Despite a vastly improved performance from Great Britain, there was a disappointing final result in the second of five Test Matches with GB losing 2-1 after Australia scored two field goals within three minutes to secure the win.
The first half produced goal scoring opportunities for both sides all of which came to nothing making it 0-0 at half time and it was the second half which saw all of the action played out in front of a large and vociferous partisan crowd,
GB started the stronger side in the second half and should have taken the lead two minutes after the restart when Bimson made a good run into the circle and with an interchange set up Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) who pushed the ball the wrong side of the post with the goalkeeper out of position.
Ellis made up for this miss three minutes later converting a good run by Danson by lifting the ball into the roof of the net from close range. At this point, GB took control of the game penetrating the Australian circle on a number of occasions without any success. Slowly Australia came back into the game and in the 64th minute they equalised with a touch in on the far post after the ball was moved across the circle.
Sensing victory, Australia pushed forward and were rewarded with the winner in the 67th minute when Kate Munro scored hers and Australia’s second with a diving reverse shot.
Although GB finished strongly, they were unable to force the equaliser.
Head Coach Danny Kerry said “This was a quantum leap from the first test. Australia should count themselves lucky to win the game. I am very proud in the difference 48 hours has made to the level of our performance”.
Ipswich’s Jo Ellis has had to return home due to injury. She will not be replaced in the squad.
Jennie Bimson (Leicester) (England)
Hayley Brown (Canterbury) (England)
Mel Clewlow (Canterbury) (England)
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) (England)
Anne Panter (Leicester) (England)
Helen Richardson (Leicester) (England)
Sarah Thomas (Rotterdam) (Wales)
Abigail Walker (GK) (Milne Craig Western) (Scotland)
Kate Walsh (C) (Slough) (England)
Lisa Wooding (Chelmsford) (England)
Lucilla Wright (Olton & WW) (England)
Crista Cullen (Leicester) (England)
Alex Danson (Slough) (England)
Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) (England)
Sam Quek (Bowdon Hightown) (England)
Chloe Rogers (Chelmsford) (England)
DID NOT PLAY
Laura Bartlett (Milne Craig Western) (Scotland)
Susie Gilbert (Birmingham Uni) (England)
Katy Roberts (GK) (Chelmsford) (England)
Beth Storry (GK) (SCHC) (England)
Kerry Williams (Leicester) (England)
photos Janos Schmidt