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Australia thrash England 8-1 to clinch bronze medal in hockey WC

By The Assam Tribune

BHUBANESWAR, Dec 16: Last edition champions Australia secured a consolation bronze medal after mauling England 8-1 at the men�s hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

Tom Craig (9th, 19th, 34th minute) scored a hat-trick while Jeremy Hayward (57th, 60th) struck twice for Australia in the bronze medal play-off. Blake Govers (8th), Trent Mitton (32nd) and Tim Brand (34th) were the other goal getters for Australia.

World No. 7 England�s lone goal in the lop-sided match came from the stick of Barry Middleton in the 45th minute.

This was Australia�s fifth bronze medal in the history of the tournament. The last time the Kookaburras had to be satisfied with a third-place finish was way back in 1994 in front of their home crowd in Sydney. The two teams met in the pool stage earlier in the tournament with Australia winning 3-0.

The victory also enabled Australia to further increase their head-to-head record against England. The two sides have faced each other 28 times earlier with Australia winning 21 matches as against four by England while the remaining games ended in draws. � PTI

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