Bray and Leigh goals not enough for Great Britain to deny Australia series win in Perth

From HWC member Mike Haymonds in the Express
Monday, February 22nd, 2016

GOALS by Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh in the last five minutes were not enough for Great Britain to deny Australia a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win in the last of six Tests in Perth.

Australia led with a fifth minute penalty corner strike by Georgina Morgan and added two more from Emily Smith and Grace Stewart before GB’s late charge.

GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who overtook Karen Brown as the most capped British female player with 356 appearances in Saturday’s 1-1 draw, said: “We can take a lot of positives from the series. That was probably our best performance today. We’ve not put in our best displays in the first five games so we can take from this that, if were able to stay level with Australia when not playing our best, hopefully when we are at our best, we can beat them.”

Bowdon Hightown women came close to winning promotion to the top tier but had to settle for third place at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Trophy in Dundee.

Their 4-5 defeat by the eventual winners Royal Pingouin of Belgium in their opening game proved crucial as they went on to beat the hosts Dundee Wanderers 4-1 and Ards of Ireland 3-2 in their other group games to qualify for the promotion pool. After a 3-0 victory over the French Iris Lambersart they needed a win against the Swiss Rotweiss Wettingen in their final match but instead slumped to a 1-4 defeat.

However, they did have the consolation of having the tournament’s joint leading scorer in Sally Walton with 12 goals, nine from corners. Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce’s dozen included seven corners.

Dundee Wanderers lost only one game – to Bowdon – but finished fifth after pool victories against Ards (8-1) and Royal Pingouin (3-1). They were then never in danger of relegation, beating Highway HC of Turkey (5-2) and the Croatians Mladost (5-3).

Ards beat Mladost 2-1 in the relegation pool but lost all their other games to finish seventh.