Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

GBR V AUS ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

GBR
3 - 3
AUS

Match Review GBR - AUS 3-3

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
AUS 7 10 FORD Russell FG 0 - 1
AUS 11 10 FORD Russell FG 0 - 2
AUS 41 9 KNOWLES Mark FG 0 - 3
GBR 47 12 CLARKE Jonty FG 1 - 3
GBR 54 18 MIDDLETON Barry PC 2 - 3
GBR 66 20 TINDALL James FG 3 - 3

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
GBR 10 12 CLARKE Jonty G
AUS 31 20 SWANN Matthew G
AUS 44 27 GOVERS Kieran G
GBR 44 10 DALY Matt G
GBR 58 24 LEWERS Iain G
AUS 65 9 KNOWLES Mark G

GBR

AUS


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 BLASCH Christian
Umpire 2 WRIGHT John
Reserve Umpire IGGO Nigel
Judge 1 BRACA Guido
Judge 2 KOSHIKO Ryuichi
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Great Britain v. Australia 3-3 (first half: 0-2)

Group A is still wide open after Great Britain staged the best comeback of this Olympic hockey tournament to date, scoring three goals in a 19-minute span to recover from a three-goal deficit and draw current World Champion Australia, 3-3. James Tindall’s goal with 4:30 left in regulation capped the improbable comeback and threw the Group A standings back into chaos.

Australia and Great Britain now lead the hotly contested group with eight points, while Pakistan sits on seven points and Spain has four, but still has two games to play. It means the two semi-final spots all come down to Tuesday’s preliminary round finale when Australia takes on Pakistan and Great Britain faces Spain.

Australia took the early advantage thanks to two goals from Russell Ford coming three minutes apart. Ford struck eight minutes in, shooting the ball in off Great Britain goalkeeper James Fair. He followed up with Jonty Clarke sitting for a green card getting his stick on a ball bouncing through the D for the 2-0 lead.

The home supporters stuck with the team, letting up a hearty roar each time the ball crossed into the Aussie zone, but the defending World Champion had an answer to all of Great Britain’s chances.

Mark Knowles delivered a major blow to GB's hopes five minutes into the second half with his goal from the slot to up the Australian lead to three goals.

But just when it looked like Great Britain was down and out, they sparked to life when Jonty Clarke fed Christopher Ciriello from an odd angle to get GB on the board. Six minutes later things got interesting when the gap was closed to one after Barry Middleton deflected in a penalty corner to make it a 3-2 affair.

The goal brought the stadium and the Great Britain team back to life as they applied steady pressure in the Australian zone. Australia turned it’s game plan into survival mode, buckling down and playing defense, but when Knowles was whistled for a green card, Great Britain took full advantage and a streaking Tindall put in the equalizer sending the crowd and team into a frenzy.

Australia asked for a video referral on the goal, but it was clearly denied and the teams played out the last four minutes and closed the game in the 3-3 draw.

Australia entered the tournament looking invincible with an extremely strong start and every recent title under the sun, but the preliminary round action has chipped away at the armor and now they find themselves in an unusual tight spot for the last game of the group.

(Eric Bailey)

 

  • Match 23
  • Date Sun, 5 Aug 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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