|August 11th, 2012|
|37||Bronze||3:30pm||AUS - GBR||3 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final|
Australia claimed their sixth bronze medal in their men’s Olympic history as their all-out aggression eventually wore down hosts Great Britain in the third place playoff, the penultimate match of the London Games. Close range rebounds from Jamie Dwyer and Kieran Govers saw them over the line after Simon Orchard’s thunderbolt was counteracted by Iain Lewers’ corner goal.
It meant the kookaburras finished third for the fourth time in five Games while 1988 remains the last time GB were on the medal podium. Throughout, Australia were the side to force the issue, their swarming forwards pressurising the home defence into a series of mistakes but they proved profligate in converting circle entries into clean chances.
They were almost caught on the counter-attack, though, as Dan Fox’s excellent diagonal overhead found Barry Middleton. He chose to angle a pass to the back post rather than shoot himself, allowing Timothy Deavin the chance to intercept. Australia did hit the front in the 18th minute when Simon Orchard smashed home his 39th international goal, working his way through a tackle into the circle before unleashing a furious strike through James Fair’s desperate dive.
Richard Smith was needed to hustle another effort out of the goalmouth moments later but GB hit back when Harry Martin barreled through a couple of tackles to win his side’s first penalty corner. They chose a sweet option with Ashley Jackson firing the ball back to the injector Iain Lewers who swept home first time, leaving the tie 1-1 at the break.
The green and golds kept their philosophy for the second period, Glenn Turner and Deavin combining well to draw a good near post save from Fair. Matt Daly’s near post effort thudded off Nathan Burgers pads in a brief bit of respite before Australia started to turn the screw. The second of three video-aided penalty corners found its way in from Dwyer as Govers’ drag-flick popped up invitingly at the second attempt.
Two more corners went incomplete but Govers grabbed the clincher as a Dwyer punch-shot again rebounded perfectly and the Aussie volleyed home. GB finished with a big final push but Burgers was never truly tested and their wait for a medal continues for another four years.
Mark KNOWLES (AUS) - bronze
On winning the bronze medal: "It was a good game, it was a typical bronze medal game. We had both just come out of the devastation of losing in the semifinal and wanting to get the most out of this. Losing the semifinals is one of the most heartbreaking moments of your career. So I am glad we came out on the right end (today).
"I am very happy about the bronze, we came here for gold, but if you can't get that, there is only one other thing left to get and we did. Our assistant coach has been to an Olympics and came fourth and that is a horrible feeling. I am really proud of the medals I have won, you win whatever you can and not many people in the world can say they have three Olympic medals. I am very proud of my team, how they responded after losing in the semifinals, of their effort today and the lift in them."
Jamie DWYER (AUS) - bronze
On winning the bronze medal: "Today, we followed our game-plan better, we went after them and were relentless for the full 70 minutes. Today we did it better because we held the ball better. Against Germany and other games we didn't hold the ball for long enough periods and that's what let us down. Today we played really well and it is good to take something away from this Olympics."
On what Australia did well against Great Britain: "We put the goalkeeper under a lot of pressure and got a lot of people in the right positions inside the circle, it is something we've been concentrating on for a long time now and we got a few goals."
On his assessment of the campaign: "The crowd here was very knowledgeable and was packed out. The rule changes since four years ago have been really brilliant for the game. It's just unfortunate we didn't make the final after having such a successful four years. We wanted to be in the main game on the final day, but that did not happen. It's still good we pulled it together and are coming home with a bronze medal."
Barry MIDDLETON (GBR)
On the match: "For a defeat this is what you want to feel like. That you have given your all, gone out there and done it properly. It felt like we did that today and couldn't do any more. They are a brilliant team and thoroughly deserved it on the day. We were close, just little things here and there could have made a difference. It's pretty gut-wrenching."
James TINDALL (GBR)
On the team performance: "We put in a good performance, it just wasn't to be. We tried everything and it didn't quite fall for us. We were a bit unlucky at things, but that's sport. It's never nice to come fourth at an Olympic games but we've just got to say thank you to the crowd for always being there for every single game."
On the difference between the two teams: "I don't really know. They took their chances and when we got to the other end it just didn't fall for us, and we didn't get the luck. I don't think there's too big gaps of quality of teams. One got the slice of luck and the other didn't."
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am||Bronze medal match between Australia and Great Britain just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am||Umpires for AUS vs. GBR are Christian BLASCH (GER) and Gary SIMMONDS (RSA)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am||Australia lost their semi-final against Germany (2-4)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am||Great Britain lost their semi-final against The Netherlands on the stunning score of 2-9|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:29 am||Vibrant national anthems. The crowd is mostly British but there are also many yellow Australian shirts.|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:32 am||Australia are ranked #1 in the World Rankings, Great Britain is #4|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:36 am||GBR survive a hot situation in their circle, originated by Jamie Dwyer|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:37 am||Not an empty seat in the Riverbank Arena. hockey is 3rd for ticket sale at the London Olympics after athletics and football!|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:42 am||GBR have been under pressure in the last few minutes and just clear the ball away for breathing room. AUS-GBR 0-0 after 13mn|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:46 am||A long ball from Ashley Jackson finds Barry Middleton on the run. Timothy Deavin intercepts for AUS|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:48 am||Simon Orchard opens the scoring for AUS from the top of the circle. AUS-GBR 1-0 after 18mn|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:50 am||AUS are pressing very high on the GBR defenders and they cannot get out of their defensive zone|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:52 am||GBR have a lucky escape with 5 AUS attackers and only 3 defenders in the circle. They manage to spoil play and clear.|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:58 am||Harry Martin rushes into the circle from 35m and forces a penalty-corner for GBR|
|August 11th, 2012 at 9:59 am||Ashley Jackson fakes the shot and passes to James Tindall on the post. AUS-GBR 1-1 with 5mn in the period|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:01 am||GBR have suddenly found their second wind and are all over the Kookaburas|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:03 am||Australian Christopher Ciriello has a little "chat" with Barry Middleton; the crowd is booing him each time he touches the ball|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:04 am||Glenn Turner dives on a ball in the circle and somehow earns a penalty-corner for AUS|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:05 am||The flick is wide and half-time is reached on a tied 1-1 score|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:24 am||yellow card for Alastair Wilson for playing the ball with a high stick|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:25 am||Jamie Dwyer carries the ball over 50m but misses his pass just before the circle|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:26 am||AUS were very dominant in first period (apart from the last 5mn) but not as much since halftime. AUS-GBR 1-1 with 24mn to go|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:27 am||Penalty-corner for AUS after a video-referral by the umpire|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:28 am||GBR lose one defender who ran early|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:29 am||Australian combination does not work and the ball ends wide. AUS-GBR 1-1 with 22mn to go|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:32 am||Another penalty-corner for AUS after a referral: Jamie Dwyer bats in the rebound after the initial shot by Kieran Govers|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:32 am||AUS-GBR 2-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:37 am||Russell Ford shoots from the penalty point; huge save from James Fair in the GBR goal!|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:39 am||GBR and AUS tied 3-3 in pool play here in London; this match is also very close and could go any way AUS-GBR 2-1 with 15mn to go|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:43 am||Jamie Dwyer turns and shoot, reflex save by James Fair but Kieran Govers bats the rebound for the 3rd AUS goal. AUS-GBR 3-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:44 am||10 minutes to go. Prospect of coming back in the match are bleak for GBR...|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:50 am||GBR are getting ready to replace their goalkeeper with an extra field player as a last gambit to try and equalize|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:52 am||All 22 players are in the AUS 25m!|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am||Clock is ticking down to one minute now... AUS-GBR 3-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am||AUS keep the ball in the corner. Game is over. AUS-GBR 3-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:56 am||Australia finish with the bronze medal. They entered the competition #1 so will be disappointed with their below par performance|
|August 11th, 2012 at 10:56 am||Great Britain finish without a medal, but on par with their entry ranking of 4th|