Great Britain women lost their second FIH Pro League match, going down 3-0 to Australia in Perth.
Australia took the lead seconds before the end of the first quarter, Kalindi Commerford poking the ball past GB goalkeeper Nicola Cochrane.
The Hockeyroos had been down to nine players with both Georgina Morgan their captain and Penny Squibb banished to the sin-bin after being shown green cards.
Great Britain came close to equalising two minutes into the second quarter, Lily Owsley in a one on one situation with Hockeyroos goalkeeper, Rachael Lynch, only to fall when challenged, but then regaining her composure to shoot on goal only to denied by a stick block by Sophie Taylor just in front of the goal-line.
The second goal came in the 23rd minute, Mariah Williams scoring with a spectacular strike into the netting to give Cochrane little chance of saving.
Cochrane also saved from Australia’s first penalty corner in the dying seconds of the first half, but Great Britain had a strong third quarter and were unlucky not to score, Hannah Martin having a shot saved by replacement goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram.
Great Britain also made a goalkeeping change for the second half, Amy Tennant replacing Cochrane. Tennant denied Georgina Morgan from the Hockeyroos second penalty corner in the 47th minute but wasn’t quite so lucky three minutes later when Kaitlin Nobbs also forced a save but Savannah Fitzpatrick put away the rebound to give Australia a 3-0 lead.
Surbiton’s Erica Sanders went close in the final five minutes and Sarah Jones forced a save from Bartram but Great Britain were unable to capitalise on their circle entries and suffered their second defeat in the Southern Hemisphere.
Surbiton’s Sarah Evans, Martin, Sanders, Emily Defroand, Hollie Pearne-Webb and Giselle Ansley were all in the GB starting lineup with Jo Hunter coming on as a fifth minute substitute.
More information about the women’s tournament can be found at the FIH Pro League website