GB sign off with sixth

Great Britain’s men finished sixth at the Champions Trophy in Auckland on Sunday after narrowly losing 1-0 to Germany. 

Despite being ranked three places lower than their German opponents, who went into the tournament second in the world rankings, Great Britain controlled the game for large periods but Thilo Stralkowski’s penalty corner five minutes before half time proved decisive. 

Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “We created plenty of chances today but we just couldn’t get over the line.  The Champions Trophy has been a great learning experience for this group of athletes on the road to London 2012.”

The Champions Trophy is the last world ranking event ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The top five teams at the 2011 Champions Trophy – Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands and Germany – qualify for the 2012 edition, which will be played in Australia in late 2012.  Other participants at the 2012 Champions Trophy will be determined nearer to the tournament.

Read the full match report at www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk.

Great Britain's women's team is also on international duty.  Coach Danny Kerry has a 24-athlete squad in San Diego for a warm weather training camp this week, during which Great Britain will play a five match series against the USA.  The first match is on Sunday evening.  Visit the Fixtures & Results page on www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk to follow the team.