Germany Suffer Worst Defeat to Australia

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Germany suffered its worst defeat in 70 years and 85 matches against Australia, losing 5-0 in a pre-Olympic tournament at the Olympic field hockey stadium Wednesday in Sydney.  

The previous worst loss was a four-goal margin when they were beaten 6-2 at the Champions Trophy in Brisbane last year. 

"We gave away too many (penalty) corners and there was a difference playing with Frederike Barth at right back instead of Denise Klecker," coach Bertie Rauth conceded. 

Australia opened with their signature pressure in the first 20 minutes, in which time Rechelle Hawkes converted a penalty corner and Claire Mitchell-Taverner scored from a pass by Triny Powell. 

Alyson Annan scored her 150th goal for Australia in the 31st minute and netted again four minutes later to have Australia up 4-0 at half time. 

Germany recovered their composure in the second half, getting five shots on goal through Nadine Ernsting-Krienke and Heike Latzsch, although none was successful. 

Kate Starre scored the only goal of the second half for Australia, tipping in a rebound of Jenny Morris penalty corner strike in the 70th minute. 

Rauth said he expected a backlash after Australia lost their last match in the tournament to New Zealand 3-0. 

"Australia did not play well in their last match and they were forced to do something," he said. 

"We came on the pitch with a little smile after our good game against New Zealand (won 3-1) and in the first half we did not come out from the backfield and there was no chance to get into the game" – (AFP) 

 

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