Australia ended Great Britain Men’s unbeaten FIH Pro League run with a 2-0 win in Perth.
The Kookaburras scored both goals in the first half. Tom Craig and Eddie Ockenden set up the opportunity for Trent Mitton to tuck home from close range in the 13th minute, the goal given after an umpire referral and then ten minutes later, Jacob Anderson fired home a rebound from the right-centre of the circle from Jake Whetton’s initial shot.
Whetton shot past the left post five minutes before half time as the Kookaburras threatened to score a third goal as they created chances in spite of having less possession than Great Britain.
In the third quarter, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth crossed from the left but was unable to connect with a GB player in the circle, and former Surbiton player Will Calnan blasted the ball over the bar on the turn from the right of the circle.
In the 47th minute, Australia’s Tom Wickham inexplicably shot past the left post when in front of an open goal and Forsyth joined Calnan in shooting over the bar, this time from the left of the circle.
Forsyth was also frustrated as time ran out and the hooter sounded to confirm Great Britain’s first defeat of the tournament.
Surbiton’s Harry Gibson was in goal for the first half and was joined in the Great Britain starting lineup by Forsyth, Brendan Creed and Zach Wallace. James Gall came on as a fourth minute substitute.
More information about the men’s tournament can be found at the Men’s FIH Pro League website