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Belgium’s defence held firm to finally end a five match losing streak whilst also sealing an impressive FIH Pro League double over a team ranked third in the world.
A 54th minute goal to Ambre Ballenghein has given the Hockeyroos their first defeat of the European leg in Antwerp.
“I think they are a very skilful team and I don’t think we started as well as we would have hoped for”, said Australia’s Savannah Fitzpatrick.
“They took their chances where we didn’t, so it is a bit disappointing to have that loss going into the Finals. I don’t think it will affect our confidence [for the FIH Pro League Grand Final], we’ll go back and look at the video to see how we can improve and move forward before our next game against the Dutch [on Sunday].”
Australia play their final home-and-away match against the Netherlands on Sunday in Amstelveen.