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Pro League: GB women denied by weather

PUBLISHED: 10:18 02 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:18 02 February 2020

Great Britain's Anna Toman

Great Britain's Anna Toman

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Great Britain’s women were denied the chance of a first win in the 2020 FIH Pro League after their clash with Australia was abandoned.

Anna Toman had given the Brits the lead from a corner, before lightning and heavy rain saw play halted in the 24th minute.

And although the teams did manage to restart the action, the game was stopped once again at half-time as the extreme weather continued before being cancelled.

As the Hockeyroos had won the first meeting of the weekend double-header on Saturday - sealing a 2-1 win with only 12 seconds left - they took double points.

Great Britain's men fell to a heavy 5-1 defeat against the Kookaburras earlier in the day, having drawn 4-4 on Saturday.

Dylan Wotherspoon opened the scoring in the 14th minute for Australia as, unmarked in the circle, he swept the ball past Harry Gibson, who had already made several important stops earlier on.

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Early in the second quarter Luke Taylor's ferocious flick drew the sides level but less than a minute later Australia had the lead again as Lachlan Sharp found the target.

GB then saw two corners saved before the Kookaburras struck a decisive blow at the end of the half through Tom Craig, before Tim Brand beat Gibson in the dying moments of the third quarter.

Trent Mitton then netted for the second time in two days with five minutes to go to seal the win.

And GB captain Adam Dixon said: "Today was a tough game. I think we came out quite sprightly, winning corners early on and keeping them under pressure. But if we stayed open at the back they were going to grind us down with opportunities and that's exactly what they did.

"We just weren't on it. We were trying a few new things and it just didn't work today.

"The job for us now is to stay positive and go again. Last time we were in Christchurch we put a really good performance in against New Zealand so that's where we'll be hoping to pick things up again."

Great Britain's men and women are next in action against New Zealand next weekend at 4am on Saturday and 2am on Sunday.


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