GB Men finish sixth at Champions Trophy

Barry Middleton in action for Great Britain against Australia
Great Britain’s men finished sixth at the Champions Trophy in Auckland on Sunday after narrowly losing 1-0 to Germany.

Despite being ranked three places lower than their German opponents, who went into the tournament second in the world rankings, Great Britain controlled the game for large periods but Thilo Stralkowski’s penalty corner five minutes before half time proved decisive.

Ashley Jackson expresses his disappointment when in action for Great Britain at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand

Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “We created plenty of chances today but we just couldn’t get over the line. The Champions Trophy has been a great learning experience for this group of athletes on the road to London 2012.”

The Champions Trophy is the last world ranking event ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The top five teams at the 2011 Champions Trophy – Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands and Germany – qualify for the 2012 edition, which will be played in Australia in late 2012. Other participants at the 2012 Champions Trophy will be determined nearer to the tournament.