Great Britain Men’s hopes of reaching the inaugural FIH Pro League final were ended in emphatic fashion as Australia beat them 6-1 in the first semi-final at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen on Friday.
Great Britain took the lead in the fifth minute, Ashley Jackson converting a penalty corner awarded after Harry Martin suffered a facial injury, although there seemed to be some confusion about the Kookaburras culprit as Jeremy Hayward spent two minutes on the sidelines having been shown green.
Australia’s Jacob Anderson then turned the Wagener Stadium into the venue of his one man show, levelling in the 11th minute and giving the Kookaburras a lead they were destined never to lose, a minute later.
Anderson completed his hat-trick in the first minute of the second quarter, having scored three goals in five minutes and thirty-six seconds.
Great Britain’s Chris Griffiths tested Australia goalkeeper, Tyler Lovell in both the first and second quarters as Australia went into the second half with a 3-1 advantage.
Australia struck twice from penalty corners early in the third quarter, Hayward and Blake Govers giving Surbiton’s Harry Gibson, who replaced George Pinner in the GB goal, no chance in the 32nd and 36th minutes respectively.
With eight minutes to play, Tim Brand’s determined run earned Australia their sixth goal with Great Britain losing their right to a video referral looking for a foot offence.
In the final two minutes, Gibson made a superb save to deny Govers from Australia’s third and last penalty corner of the game and Australia cruised into the final.
Surbiton’s Brendan Creed was in the Great Britain starting lineup, with Alan Forsyth and Zach Wallace coming on from the bench in the third minute; Tom Sorsby joining in a minute later and James Gall entering in the fifth minute.
Great Britain will play for the bronze medal at 1.30 pm BST on Sunday against the loser of the second semi-final between hosts, the Netherlands and close rivals, Belgium.
More information about the Men’s FIH Pro League including confirmation of the semi-final match up can be found at the FIH website
The Great Britain Hockey match report can be read here
All the matches are being shown on BT Sport and the schedule for all their channels can be found here