GB beat New Zealand to reach Azlan Shah Cup Final

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

GREAT BRITAIN will take on world No 2 side Australia in the final of the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh today after a 3-2 win over New Zealand in their final round-robin game.

Sam Ward,, Phil Roper and Mark Gleghorne were on target against the Kiwis – but even then GB still had to wait before hosts Malaysia’s 1-0 victory over India confirmed their place in the final.

Holcombe’s Ward opened the scoring with a powerful penalty corner drag-flick after nine minutes and it was not until the final minute of the second period that Dominic Newman equalised with a field goal. Strikes by Wimbledon’s Roper in the39th minute and Gleghorne of Beeston in the 49th gave GB a cushion and the Kiwis were restricted to just one corner goal by Kane Russell two minutes from time.

GB head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “It was a very good performance in stifling heat. I felt we dominated the game.

“If we had a better conversion rate from the chances we created the score line would have been more comfortable.”

Australia have dominated this tournament, having lifted the title nine times since winning the inaugural edition in 1983 and the four most recent since 2013.

GB last played in 2012 when they finished third (of seven) and won it once (as England) in 1994.