AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN
Game: Tuesday August 7, LIVE 7:45 pm (AEST)
TELEVISED LIVE on Foxtel Channel 191 from 7:35 pm (AEST), Tuesday August 7.
Australian Players to watch: Jamie Dwyer, Eddie Ockenden, Mark Knowles
The Australian Men’s Hockey Team faces a do-or-die clash against Pakistan (world rank 8th)in the final pool match for both teams.
Australia is currently placed 1st in Pool A, with Pakistan 2 points behind in 3rd. The situation that Australia faces is as follows: A win against Pakistan will all but guarantee Australia finish top of Pool A, provided Great Britain (2nd) don’t defeat Spain (4th) by more than 6 goals. A drawn match will see the Australia finish first or second in Pool A, with their position depending solely on the result of Great Britain v Spain match. A loss will result in Australia failing to qualify for the semi-finals and bring to a close their quest for a second Olympic Gold Medal.
Australia began its 2012 London campaign in exciting fashion with two high scoring victories. Their next two opponents (Argentina & Great Britain) were able to match the Australian’s high intensity and play equally brilliant hockey to force a draw in their matches.
Australia has scored more goals than any other team competing at the Games (16) and have the highest goal difference (11). Based on recent this form, Pakistan will need to score a number of goals to remain competitive with the high scoring Australian’s.
Australia’s recent history against Pakistan is mighty impressive. At the 2011 Champions Trophy in December, Australia defeated Pakistan 6-1 with Jamie Dwyer scoring a hat-trick. In a 3-match test series in 2011, the Kookaburras claimed the series 2-1, which included an 8-2 victory.
Pakistan is well known for their highly entertaining, attacking and skilful hockey which generally produces plenty of excitement and goals. The main danger man for Australia is pre-eminent drag flickers of the world, Sohail Abbas, who has already scored 3 penalty corner goals this tournament.
This is a match Australian’s will not want to miss.
Hockey Australia Press Release