Day 8 Olympic Preview - GB v Australia

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GB men's fourth match of the Olympic Games is against world number one ranked side Australia.

Fixture: Great Britain v Australia
Date and time: 05/08/12 - 19.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on BBC: Olympics 7 (red button for Sky, Virgin and Freesat)

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World Rankings
Great Britain #4
Australia #1

Head to Head Record
Played: 47
Won: 5
Drawn: 13
Lost: 29
Goals For: 53
Goals Against: 116 

Great Britain has played Australia 47 times but unfortunately has only ever come out victorious on 5 occasions. The last time GB beat the Kookaburras was at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where GB impressively won the gold medal! In the last Olympics, Beijing 2008, the final score finished 3 – 3 with Barry Middleton, Rob Moore and Richard Mantell scoring – all who feature in the 18 man squad for this year’s Olympic Games.  The most recent fixture between the two sides was in the Champions Trophy in May 2011, which GB lost 4 – 1.

Player to watch: Great Britain

Olympics 2012 Daly against ArgentinaLondon 2012 will be Matt Daly's second Olympic Games having been part of the side who took fifth place in Beijing.  Matt has a prolific goal scoring ratio to international appearances with a total of 57 goals in 143 appearances. Since winning gold at the European Championships in 2009 Matt has been blighted with injuries which ruled him out of both the Commonwealth Games and World Cup in Delhi in 2010. Over the last 12 months he has spent more time off the pitch being treated than playing, but despite this, he still managed to score on his return to the GB squad at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in May. His commitment and dedication to battle through his injuries has since been further rewarded when he was deservedly announced in the 16 man squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Players to watch: Australia
We asked the GB team who they consider the players to watch are:

Name: Jamie DwyerJamie Dwyer Australia
Position: Attacking midfield

Dwyer has impressively been voted FIH World Player of the Year for the past three years and five times in total. He is a fast player, who has great vision and good all round stick skills. He has earned over 250 caps for Australia and scored over 150 goals. A superb talent.


Fergus Kavanagh Australia

Fergus Kavanagh
Position: Defender

Kavanagh like Dwyer is a highly experienced player for Australia but deemed to be somewhat underrated. His composure on the ball and calm presence in defence is crucial to Australia’s success. He was part of the team that won bronze in Beijing 2008 and gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010.