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Hockey - 24. February 2008.

Great Britain loose as temperatures sore


Saturday 23 February








Angie Lambert 8,54 (PC,PC)

Helen Richardson 35 (PC)

Madonna Blythe 26 (F)

Kate Walsh 39 (PC)

Susie Faulkner 32 (F)

Sarah Young 49 (F)

Great Britain lost out 5-2 today on the hottest day of the year as the temperature reached over 37 degrees in Towamba – even the bus had to stop due to an overheated engine. 3-0 down after 32 minutes, the Brits pulled it back to 3-2, but failed to capitalise on chances in the heat and fell to their fourth defeat of the five match series. Lucilla Wright earned her 50th cap for Great Britain today.

GB had the first opportunity in the fourth minute with a shot from Danson which was well saved, but it was Australia who went ahead in the eighth minute when Angie Lambert converted the first penalty corner of the game.

Great Britain should have been on level terms in the 21st minute after a good run by Danson had eliminated two defenders to pass the ball to Bimson in front of goal, but her deflection went wide of the post.

Five minutes later, Australia went 2-0 up when Madonna Blythe converted a field goal. Worse was to come six minutes later when Susie Faulkner put Australia 3-0 up from another well-taken opportunity after rounding Walker in goal after a cross had penetrated the Great Britain circle. In the last minute of the half, Great Britain responded from a penalty corner when Helen Richardson dived to put a loose ball into the goal and received a hit in the head as a reward.

GB came out strongly in the second half pushing Australia back. This pressure was rewarded when Kate Walsh converted a penalty corner to make the score 3-2. With GB on the hunt for a third, they were caught against the run of play when a long ball into the circle found Sarah Young who stepped off her marker to reverse hit the ball into the goal.

4-2 up and in control, Australia rubbed salt into the wound by scoring a penalty corner in the 54th minute when Lambert scored the Hockeyroos fifth and her second of the game.

Both sides created opportunities in the last 15 minutes but neither were able to take them and the final score was greeted with delight from the home crowd.


Danny Kerry “The team is disappointed with themselves and rightly so.  We failed to capitalise on the first chances of the match and then defended poorly for the remainder of the half.  Having quickly fought our way into the match after half time, we then cheaply turned the ball over and conceded three crass goals.  The 5-2 loss hurts and reflects the poor level of application and play today.”


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