England Go Down Under to Kookaburras

An Iain Mackay opener against the host nation Australia at the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne was not enough to give England a first victory over the Kookaburras since 1985 as Grant Schubert and Des Abbott hit back to maintain Australia’s 100% record in the tournament.

England were dealt a blow before the start of the match the news that their top scorer at the Champions Trophy, Surbiton’s James Tindall, was being rested after injuring his foot during Sunday’s match against Spain.  The hope is that Tindall will return for Thursday’s game against the Netherlands.

After an even opening spell England took the lead after a good counter attack and passing move set up Reading's Iain Mackay for his fourth international goal.  Australia hit back from a penalty corner through Grant Schubert midway through the first half.

An entertaining first half saw only one goal, although Australia did have a goal ruled out by the video umpire.  With ten minutes to go Des Abbott collected his own flick off the post to knock home a winner for 2-1.

Despite the result England played well throughout and always looked as if they might get something from the match.

To read the full match report visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/menschampionstrophy

Remember, highlights of the match will be on Sky Sports 2 at 6:00pm today (note: this is 30 minutes earlier than originally advertised) and again as follows:

Australia v England - 01/12/2009 - 18:00 - Sky Sports 2
Australia v England - 02/12/2009 - 00:00 - Sky Sports Xtra
Australia v England - 02/12/2009 - 03:45 - Sky Sports 2
Australia v England - 02/12/2009 - 10:00 - Sky Sports 3

You will also be able to watch the entire match again on demand at www.englandhockey.co.uk/ehtv.  Due to upload times this should be available early this evening.

England's next match is against the Netherlands in a replay of the EuroHockey Nations Championships semi final.  The game takes place at 6:05am GMT on Thursday and you can watch it live at www.englandhockey.co.uk/livehockey