|August 10th, 2012|
|36||5/6||11:30am||CHN - AUS||0 - 2 (0 - 0)||Final|
(5th-6th) China vs. Australia: 0-2 (half-time: 0-0)
In front of another capacity crowd of 16,000 spectators enjoying the hockey and the sunshine, China slightly dominated possession in the early stages of the match, but there was no danger whatsoever for the longest time for either goalkeeper, Toni Cronk for Australia and Zhang Yimeng in her bright pink jersey for China.
China could not take advantage of a series of penalty-corners, weakly taken, and the best opportunity of the first twenty minutes was for Megan Rivers, receiving the ball with space at the top of the circle but shooting just wide. Georgia Nanscawen was very active around the circle, creating chances for her teammates, and on a penalty-corner Anna Flanagan thought that she had scored, but the goal was called back after a video-referral.
Madonna Blyth then Jade Close had strong, but unsuccessful, attempts on goal and the two teams were still tied at 0-0 going into the half-time break, despite a last second penalty-corner for Australia.
Anna Flanagan scored again on a penalty-corner early in second period, but China appealed again to the video-umpire and the goal was denied again... The crowd was getting annoyed by the constant arguing of the Chinese players, but they could not talk their way out of a penalty-stroke in the 41st minute, superbly converted by Jodie Schulz to finally open the scoring.
Australia were now camping in the Chinese half and had a handful of penalty-corners but they could not manage to beat Zhang Yimeng in goal, leaving themselves exposed to the Chinese counter-attacks. On one of them, Li Hongxia found Song Qingling in the circle but her shot crashed on the post with the keeper beaten. Australia had another scare on a Ma Yibo penalty-corner and finally gave themselves some breathing room when Jade Close received the ball in the circle and slammed it in goal with 10 minutes to go.
Australia finished in 5th place, higher than their entry ranking of 7th. They will however regret the opening day defeat by New Zealand (0-1) that made the difference for semi-final qualification.
China, with inconsistent results in this competition, finished 6th, one spot lower than their entry ranking, a far cry from their silver medal performance in Beijing.
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:22 am||Match for 5th-6th between China and Australia just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:23 am||Umpires for CHN vs. AUS are Frances BLOCK (GBR) and Michelle JOUBERT (RSA)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:23 am||Both teams finished 3rd in their pool in this 2012 Olympic competition|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:24 am||China are ranked 5th in the FIH World Rankings, Australia are 7th and will finish higher than their entry ranking|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:32 am||Another capacity crowd at the Riverbank Arena. 16,000 spectators enjoying the hockey and the bright sunshine!|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:44 am||Play is mostly in midfield so far, with little danger for either goal-keeper|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:47 am||Two chances on penalty-corner for China. The shots are weak and do not threaten the AUS defense. CHN-AUS 0-0 after 15 minutes|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:57 am||Yellow card for Ma Wei (CHN). Still CHN-AUS 0-0 after 25mn|
|August 10th, 2012 at 5:58 am||Anna Flanagan thought that she had scored for AUS on a penalty-corner, but the goal was called back after a video-referral|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:07 am||Penalty-corner for AUS with no time on the clock before half-time|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:08 am||No score. Still CHN-AUS 0-0 at half-time|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:22 am||Anna Flanagan scores again on a penalty-corner, but China appeal again to the video-umpire and the goal is again denied...|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:27 am||Jodie Schulz scores on penalty-stroke. CHN-AUS 0-1 with 28mn left in the period|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:39 am||Green card for Georgia Nanscawen (AUS)|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:48 am||Penalty-corner for China: Ma Yibo's attempt (probably aiming for a deflection) goes wide|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:49 am||On the counter-attack, Jade Close receives the ball in the circle and slams it in goal. CHN-AUS 0-2 with 10mn to go|
|August 10th, 2012 at 6:59 am||Flurry of penalty-corners for China in the final 2mn of play. Song Qingling scores on a rebound. Goal denied by video-umpire!|
|August 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am||CHN-AUS still 0-2 with less than one minute|
|August 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am||Game over: CHN-AUS 0-2|
|August 10th, 2012 at 7:01 am||Australia finish in 5th place, higher than their entry ranking of 7th|
|August 10th, 2012 at 7:02 am||China finish 6th, 1 spot lower than entry ranking, a far cry from their silver medal performance in Beijing|