FIH Pro League: GB 1 Australia 6
PUBLISHED: 10:49 29 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:49 29 June 2019
Great Britain’s men were beaten by a ruthless Australian side in the semi-finals of the FIH Pro League Grand Final on Friday night.
Despite taking the lead with Ashley Jackson's first international goal in almost three years, Danny Kerry's side found themselves on the end of a heavy defeat, as Jacob Anderson scored a five-minute hat-trick in a superb Kookaburras display.
Penalty corners from Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers made it 5-1 at the end of the third quarter, and Tim Brand put a further gloss on the scoreline inside the final 10 minutes.
Britain now face a bronze medal match in Amsterdam on Sunday at 1.30pm UK time, and they will look to end their FIH Pro League campaign on a positive note.
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They outperformed their world ranking to finish in the top four, and there have been plenty of positives along the way for Kerry's men.
Captain Adam Dixon said: "We're very disappointed, to state the obvious. They played better hockey for longer than we did.
"We came out really quickly to get the first goal - against a side like Australia you have to start well and set the tempo really early and we were the team that went and dictated.
"They turned the ball over really cheaply which for an Australian side is quite rare. So I think we started well but then we just fell away. They are one of the best teams in the world because they take chances - to get to 3-1 we made a couple of mistakes and they pounced on them.
"We have 48 hours to turn this around. To come and play in a semi-final is where we want to be in the build up to bigger and better things. The fact that we're here today is a step in the right direction but we've got to turn it around and go again on Sunday."
Great Britain: Pinner, Gibson, Hoare, Dixon, Creed, Waller, Gall, Ames, Sloan, Sorsby, Martin, Roper, Jackson, Condon, Forsyth, Wallace, Griffiths, Ward.
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