Australia too strong for England

England at the Investec Challenge

Australia 3 (1)
Anna Flanagan 15 (PS)
Jodie Schulz 41 (PC)
Georgia Nanscawen 58 (F)

England 1 (0)
Nicola White 68 (PC)

Despite a gutsy performance by England in their final pool match of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town, opponents Australia were too strong, coming out 3-1 victors. The Hockeyroos had a one goal advantage going into the break and then extended their lead to 3-0 before Leicester’s Nicola White pulled back a consolation goal for England in the 68th minute, but the game was already won.

The victory leaves Australia top of the table with one more fixture between hosts South Africa and the Netherlands to be played before the semi-finals on Saturday. England will have to wait for the result to see who they will face.

Speaking after the game team leader Karen Brown reflected on the performance, “I have been really pleased with the effort the girls have shown out here and I think, given the relative inexperience, we have done well to compete for significant periods today. That said however, we do not have a full 70 minutes of consistency yet and that is vital if we are to compete against a side like Australia.”

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