Game: Wednesday August 1-Live Foxtel 6.07AM (AEST) and Channel Nine
AUSTRALIA V GERMANY
Pool B: Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, USA, Argentina
Players to watch:
Australia: Toni Cronk(Goal keeper), Georgia Nanscawen, Jodie Schulz
Germany: Natascha Keller, Fanny Rinne, Julia Muller
After a disappointing start to their Olympic campaign, the Hockeyroos life doesn’t get any easier with their next assignment Germany. The Germans are ranked third in the world and have something to prove, after finishing fourth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Germany has the belief it can once again win gold and repeat its 2004 Athens Games triumph.
They are led by a true champion, in 35 years old Natascha Keller, who has played over 400 internationals (Indoor and outdoor) and scored an intimidating 203 goals. At this, her fifth Olympics, Keller was named her country’s flag bearer and with the promise of retirement after the London Games, Australia will have to play above itself to conquer this hurdle. But the Hockeyroos are a champion team and were unlucky to be defeated 1-0 by New Zealand. Moments that never went their way could have easily secured a different result. Continue reading →