Dwyer double downs Great Britain in final test

Mikey Hoare made his 100th international appearance against Australia. Credit (Photo by Ian MacNicolGetty images

Australia 5 (3)
Jamie Dwyer 2 59 (FG, PC)
Simon Orchard 15 (PC)
Blake Govers 24 (PC)
Mark Knowles 44 (PS)

Great Britain 1 (1)
Simon Mantell 5 (FG)

A double strike from Australia’s Jamie Dwyer in his final appearance on home turf helped put Great Britain to the sword in the third and final test. Dwyer struck in the first two minutes and again in the last minute to add to strikes from Simon Orchard, Blake Govers and Mark Knowles, giving the hosts a 5-1 win. Simon Mantell notched the consolation but it was in vain as Great Britain crashed to defeat.  

The home crowd got the start they dreamed of as Jamie Dwyer, playing his last match on home soil deflected in the opening goal from Australia’s first attack. Undeterred it took Bobby Crutchley’s side just three minutes to level it up. A lovely move involving Harry Martin and David Ames set up Simon Mantell who made no mistake from close range to slot home. Australia forced their first penalty corner just minutes later. Chris Ciriello took the shot but George Pinner continued his fine form with a super save diving to his left to deny him. Australia won another penalty corner on the stroke of quarter time. Although Pinner saved again from Ciriello the re-awarded corner was scored by Orchard to put Australia ahead at the break.

Barry Middleton went close at the start of the second quarter but his shot was well defended by Tim Deavin, deflecting it over the bar. Despite Great Britain enjoying good spells of pressure they fell further behind on 24 minutes via another penalty corner goal, this time from Govers. Sam Ward couldn’t quite connect as he slid in aiming to touch home a hard hit pass into the circle and it remained 3-1 at the break.

Great Britain defended well in the third quarter as Australia sought to extend their lead. Pinner did well to repel another shot from Kiel Brown and then Trent Mitton in quick succession but it was definitely the hosts who were in the ascendancy. Their pressure paid off in the 44th minute when Knowles despatched a penalty stroke to make it 4-1. Great Britain won a penalty corner at the other end but Ashley Jackson’s shot was well saved by the post man.

In the fourth quarter Great Britain continued to try and build their way into the contest. Nick Catlin did well to steal the ball on half way and break into the Kookaburras’ circle. As he wound up to shoot Deavin once again appeared from nowhere to get a crucial stick on the ball to deflect the shot over the bar. At the other end Dwyer had a great chance to get his second but Pinner did superbly to block from the Kookaburras’ striker. Late on, the Great Britain No1 did superbly to save a Ciriello penalty corner and then the rebound from Flynn Ogilivie but he was powerless to stop Dwyer turning in the loose ball for his second and Australia’s fifth just before full time.

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach:
“It’s very tough to beat the top teams in the world when you gift them goals. Our deep defence was not as strong as in recent games and after conceding the third it was always going to be tough getting back in the game.”

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