Match Day 10 of the inaugural edition of the FIH Pro League saw Germany’s men and women make their respective competition debuts, but it was the teams of home favourites Australia that enjoyed the better results at the Tasmania Hockey Centre in Hobart.
Australia’s men recovered from last week’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of world champions Belgium in Melbourne by claiming a 4-2 triumph over the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic champions.
Germany captain Mats Grambusch said:
“We knew it was going to be a hard one against Australia. It was our first Pro League match and we now have to move on from it and go to New Zealand [next weekend].” Mats said.
Like the men’s match, the meeting between the women’s Hockeyroos (WR:3) and Die Danas (WR:5) was another close encounter.
The Aussie women claimed a bonus point against their German rivals by winning the shoot-out after the contest finished with the scores locked together at 2-2.
Germany captain Janne Müller-Wieland said:
“We are gutted we didn’t take away more than one point. We had chances throughout the game and could have avoided it going to shoot-outs. But it is a good game to learn from, especially the shoot-outs, we can analyse that and improve for our next game.” Janne said.