AUS V GBR ( SF 1 ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

AUS
3 - 1
GBR

Match Review AUS - GBR 3-1

AUS V GBR Goal 1 for GBRPosted July 3, 2015
AUS V GBR Goal 2 for AUSPosted July 3, 2015
AUS V GBR Goal 3 for AUSPosted July 3, 2015
AUS V GBR HighlightsPosted July 3, 2015

This was a game that saw Australia's flair and attack stifled for much of the game by an energetic and disciplined Great Britain side. But in the end, resilience and sheer self confidence paid off as Australia broke through the Great Britain defence and demonstrated why they are the world's number one side.

It was Great Britain who nearly opened the scoring when David Condon was free in front of goal as the ball fell to him. His shot went wide and Australia used the warning to energise.

In a game that was played at a high tempo and with flashes of brilliance from both teams, it was the deadly finishing of Australia that was the difference between the teams.

The post also played its part. The ball hit the post at the Great Britain end twice in that opening quarter, and again in the final quarter. The first time it nearly caught George Pinner unawares, rebounding onto the field of play, the next two postings proved Great Britain's saviour. A rasping shot from Fergus Kavanagh rattled off the crossbar and late in the game, the post again came to rescue as Whetton fired the ball in.

In the meantime, a titanic battle was played out in midfield between Matt Ghodes and Harry Martin, with Jamie Dwyer proving just why he is rated as one of the best players in the world, with his incisive running, nippy interceptions and creative off-the-ball running.

The deadlock was broken when Blake Govers (28') crunched the ball under Pinner to make it 1-0. it took Govers' personal goal tally to seven, making him the current top scorer.

Great Britain responded through Nick Catlin, (36'), a fantastic reverse stick shot that stunned Andrew Charter in the Kookaburra's goal.

Australia re-took the lead when Daniel Beale (38') found himself facing an empty goal as Pinner was drawn out of position, but that lead could have been greater had the Great Britain 'keeper not pulled off a fabulous point-blank save minutes earlier from Jamie Dwyer.

The nail was hammered into the Great Britain coffin with just nine minutes left on the clock when a brilliant interchange between Dwyer and Jacob Whetton (51') saw the latter slot the ball home.

The result means that Australia will play Belgium in the final, while Great Britain face India for third place.

"Great Britain came out strong, but hard work from all the boys saw us through," said Australia's opening scorer Blake Govers.

"I think we just failed to play through the pressure," said Nick Catlin. "We had the ball turned over too much. And we were disappointed to concede straight after scoring the equaliser."

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
AUS 28 13 GOVERS Blake PC 1 - 0
GBR 36 26 CATLIN Nick FG 1 - 1
AUS 38 23 BEALE Daniel FG 2 - 1
AUS 51 12 WHETTON Jacob FG 3 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
AUS 6 16 GOHDES Matt G
AUS 9 18 WHITE Tristan G
GBR 25 9 MARTIN Harry G
GBR 27 7 JACKSON Ashley G

AUS

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 DWYER Jamie
X
3 ORCHARD Simon
X
5 CIRIELLO Chris
X
9 KNOWLES Mark
X
11 OCKENDEN Eddie
X
12 WHETTON Jacob 1
X
13 GOVERS Blake 1
4
16 GOHDES Matt 1
7
17 ZALEWSKI Aran
X
18 WHITE Tristan 1
X
19 DEAVIN Timothy
4
20 SWANN Matthew
7
23 BEALE Daniel 1
16
24 LOVELL Tyler
3
27 GOVERS Kieran
4
28 BROWN Kiel
X
30 CHARTER Andrew
X
31 KAVANAGH Fergus
  Team Manager GAUDOIN Paul
  Head Coach REID Graham
  Stand-In Manager APPLEBY Brendyn
  Assistant Coach EGLINGTON Nathan
  Physiotherapist HAWES Ellen
  Medical Doctor CLAYDON Gary

GBR

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 PINNER George
Bench
2 BAILEY James
5
6 WEIR Henry
X
7 JACKSON Ashley 1
5
9 MARTIN Harry 1
4
11 BROGDON Alastair
X
12 HOARE Michael
X
13 WARD Sam
4
14 GLEGHORNE Mark
X
16 DIXON Adam
X
18 MIDDLETON Barry
9
21 WHITEMAN Tim
X
22 CONDON David
X
24 LEWERS Iain
3
25 GRIFFITHS Chris
X
26 CATLIN Nick 1
X
27 FOX Dan
X
30 AMES David
  Team Manager HALLIDAY Andy
  Head Coach CRUTCHLEY Bobby
  Stand-In Manager RALPH David
  Assistant Coach BLEBY Jon
  Physiotherapist SAWKINGS Julia
  Medical Doctor WILKES Graeme

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 BARBAS Diego
Umpire 2 GREENFIELD Gareth
Reserve Umpire PRASAD Raghu
Video Umpire SIMMONDS Gary
Judge 1 WARRIS Rogier
Judge 2 SHARMA Anjali
Technical Officer DECKENBROCK Christian
  • Match 28
  • Date Fri, 3 Jul 2015
  • Time 21:00
  • Pool/Class SF 1
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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