Results

Olympic Games

30th July 2012

08:30 Pool B
Korea(2) 2 : 0 (0) New Zealand
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10:45 Pool A
Australia(2) 6 : 0 (0) South Africa
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13:45 Pool A
Spain(0) 1 : 1 (0) Pakistan
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16:00 Pool B
Netherlands(2) 3 : 2 (0) India
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19:00 Pool A
Great Britain(1) 4 : 1 (0) Argentina
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21:15 Pool B
Germany(1) 2 : 1 (1) Belgium
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1st August 2012

08:30 Pool A
Spain(0) 0 : 5 (3) Australia
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10:45 Pool B
Belgium(0) 1 : 3 (0) Netherlands
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13:45 Pool B
New Zealand(3) 3 : 1 (1) India
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16:00 Pool A
South Africa(1) 2 : 2 (0) Great Britain
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19:00 Pool A
Pakistan(1) 2 : 0 (0) Argentina
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21:15 Pool B
Korea(0) 0 : 1 (1) Germany
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3rd August 2012

08:30 Pool A
Australia(2) 2 : 2 (0) Argentina
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10:45 Pool B
Netherlands(3) 5 : 1 (1) New Zealand
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13:45 Pool B
Germany(4) 5 : 2 (1) India
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16:00 Pool A
Great Britain(2) 4 : 1 (0) Pakistan
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19:00 Pool A
South Africa(1) 2 : 3 (1) Spain
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21:15 Pool B
Belgium(0) 2 : 1 (0) Korea
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5th August 2012

08:30 Pool B
New Zealand(0) 1 : 1 (0) Belgium
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10:45 Pool A
Pakistan(3) 5 : 4 (3) South Africa
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13:45 Pool B
India(1) 1 : 4 (1) Korea
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16:00 Pool B
Netherlands(1) 3 : 1 (1) Germany
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19:00 Pool A
Great Britain(0) 3 : 3 (2) Australia
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Match Report

Great Britain 3 (0)
Clarke 47 (F)
Middleton 54 (PC)
Tindall 66 (PC)

Australia 3 (2)
Ford 7, 11 (F) (F)
Knowles 41 (F)

In what was a truly fantastic advertisement for hockey, Great Britain staged a dramatic and remarkable second half comeback to hold the world’s number one ranked side Australia to a 3-3 draw at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Goals from Jonty Clarke, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and James Tindall cancelled out strikes from Russell Ford (2) and Mark Knowles to send the home support into raptures and keep Great Britain level on points with Australia at the top of Pool A. 

With Great Britain subsequently securing a vital point in this evening’s match, a win for the home nation in their final Pool A match against Spain at the Riverbank Arena on Tuesday will ensure that they qualify for the semi-finals.

 

Olympics 2012 Barry Middleton v Aus

Jason Lee, Great Britain Head Coach said, “One of the things we wanted to do at this Olympics was be entertaining and play attacking hockey. That’s how we envisaged that we might do well in this tournament and we wanted to make sure that the crowd, the British public, felt that hockey was worth watching and I think we achieved that tonight.”

“I think tonight told me everything I knew already. We have got some quality; we’ve got a bit of grit about us. It was pleasing how we came back into it and when we started to get a little foothold in the game the crowd really lifted us and we’re very thankful for that. It’s a special occasion. It really has been for the British team this Olympics.”

Australia signalled their intent as early as the second minute when a counter-attacking three man move led to the ball finding Matthew Gohdes completely unmarked at the back post. With the goal at his mercy, the 22 year-old skewed his shot wide of the target and the score remained at 0-0.

The Australians weren’t to be kept waiting much longer for the opening goal though. In the seventh minute, some clever play by Russell Ford along the bye-line enabled the forward to progress into the left hand side of the shooting circle. His shot-come-cross deflected into the goal off Great Britain and Cannock goalkeeper James Fair to give Australia the lead at 1-0.

Great Britain almost found an equaliser shortly afterwards when Beeston defender Ali Wilson picked out Jonty Clarke in space with a long range pass. The Reading forward’s sharp turn away from an Australian defender gave him the opportunity to unleash a reverse stick shot on goal, only for the ball to narrowly miss the left hand upright.

Clarke was involved in the action again in the 11th minute when he was shown a green card by the South African umpire John Wright for an illegal challenge.  While the Great Britain defence were still getting back into position, Fergus Kavanagh quickly took the free hit and his pass found Ford unmarked in front of goal. The forward made no mistake in doubling Australia’s lead as he slipped the ball past Fair to make it 2-0.

Australia continued to keep Fair busy in the Great Britain goal and his triple save from three close range attempts in the 19th minute denied the Aussies from pulling away out of sight. They were determined to press forward for a third goal before the interval and chances fell to Gohdes, Glenn Turner and Matthew Butturini before Great Britain were given some respite when the half-time hooter sounded with the score remaining at 2-0.

The second half started much in the same vein and Australia made it 3-0 in the 41st minute when Mark Knowles’ low drive from the right hand side of the circle left Fair with no chance. 

It would have been easy for the Great Britain players to let their heads drop at this point, but their commitment and determination were rewarded in the 47th minute. A cross from Clarke was deflected off an Australian defender past Burgers into the net to give the home side some hope at 1-3. 

Six minutes later, Great Britain firmly established themselves back in the match when Jackson left a penalty corner to Loughborough Students’ Richard Smith. The defender’s set-piece strike found Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and the East Grinstead forward diverted the ball past Burgers to make the score 2-3 in the 54th minute.

With the home crowd now roaring the players on, Great Britain had their tails up and completed a fantastic comeback in the 66th minute through Surbiton’s James Tindall. Reading midfielder Iain Mackay evaded the attention of two Australian defenders to find Tindall free in the circle and the 29 year-old forward released an unstoppable drive past the helpless Burgers to equalise at 3-3.

Olympics 2012 James Tindall celebrating against Aus

The packed Riverbank Arena was treated to a terrific finale  as both sides pressed for a winning goal but in the end, it was a point apiece as the full-time hooter sounded on what was a match of the highest quality.

James Tindall, scorer of the equalising goal, said, “It was a bit of a slow start. We made it interesting for the crowd unfortunately but yes, it was a great comeback and it showed the great British spirit. The crowd were phenomenal tonight for both teams and the public have helped us gain a point there by pushing us on.”

Speaking after the match, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton said, “At 3-0 it was very easy for us to drop our heads. The Aussies have shown for a few years now that once they do get ahead, they start to kill teams five, six, seven nil but we never let that happen. We believed in the first half we’d just lost a few little battles and we hadn’t played badly. We’d got through them a few times but we probably made just a few mistakes when we let them get in behind us.”

“As the game went on we built confidence within ourselves and the crowd definitely helps when they get behind you. It was just a brilliant game of hockey and both teams want to play hockey the right way. In my eyes there are different ways to play, but this is the way I feel hockey should be played and I hope people enjoyed what they saw out there today.”

Great Britain’s final Pool A match is against Spain at the Riverbank Arena on Tuesday 7 August (19.00), when a win will see them progress into the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Great Britain women have a hugely important match against reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands tomorrow night at the Riverbank Arena (19.00).

21:00 Pool A
Argentina(0) 1 : 3 (0) Spain
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7th August 2012

08:30 Pool B
Korea(0) 2 : 4 (2) Netherlands
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10:45 Pool A
Australia(4) 7 : 0 (0) Pakistan
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13:45 Pool A
Argentina(2) 6 : 3 (2) South Africa
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16:00 Pool B
India(0) 0 : 3 (1) Belgium
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19:00 Pool A
Spain(0) 1 : 1 (1) Great Britain
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21:15 Pool B
Germany(2) 5 : 5 (4) New Zealand
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9th August 2012

08:30 9th/10th
Argentina(0) 1 : 3 (3) New Zealand
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11:30 7th/8th
Pakistan(1) 3 : 2 (2) Korea
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15:30 SF1
Australia(1) 2 : 4 (1) Germany
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20:00 SF2
Great Britain(1) 2 : 9 (4) Netherlands
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11th August 2012

08:30 11th/12th
South Africa(2) 3 : 2 (1) India
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11:30 5th/6th
Spain(1) 2 : 5 (4) Belgium
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15:30 Bronze
Australia(1) 3 : 1 (1) Great Britain
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20:00 Gold
Germany(1) 2 : 1 (0) Netherlands
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