The drought is broken!

The drought is broken!

Men defeat GBR 2 - 1

Author: Holly MacNeil/Thursday, 11 August 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsKookaburrasEventsOlympic Games

Aran Zalewski (FG) 50 
Jake Whetton (FG) 55 

Ashley Jackson (PC) 58 

After 206 minutes of play without a goal, one of the longest periods for the Australian’s, the Aussie Men have come back to break the drought and defeat Great Britain 2 – 1. The late resurgence saw all three goals come in the last ten minutes of play, making for a nail-bitingly tense game.

The first three quarters of the game saw opportunities on goal missed by both teams, as well as fantastic saves by Australian goalkeeper Andrew Charter and Great Britain goalkeeper George Pinner. But, it was the final quarter of the game where the magic happened and Australia’s hopes were kept alive.

Aran Zalewski coming back from a one match ban, was instrumental in breaking the Australian’s drought, flicking the ball straight into the net after some fantastic ground work from Simon Orchard and Daniel Beale.

With five minutes on the clock Glenn Turner went for a huge piece of ground work, and having found their mojo, the boys scored another with Jake Whetton cherry picking the goal - literally just tapping the ball over the goal line!

Australia was buzzing.

With only two minutes to go, Great Britain came in for a late fight back, forcing a penalty corner shot. Ashley Jackson nailed the drag flick, getting some force on it and slamming it into the net.

The last two minutes were tense, as the Aussies counted down the clock, waiting for that win they had been missing. Matt Swann was literally on the ground in the Great Britain circle defending until the final buzzer sounded. The relief around the country was immense:

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Australia are now placed third in their pool and next play Brazil on Saturday at 7.30am AWST / 9am ACST / 9.30am AWST.

Athlete (Hometown) 
Australian Men v Belgium Start List 

Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 85/15
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 118/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 192/115
Matthew Dawson (Central Coast, NSW) 51/7
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 363/241
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 157/52
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 289/24
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 145/6
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW) 134/93
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 106/44
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 95/12

Used Substitute
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 136/6
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 36/26
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 229/15
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 282/65
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 207/56