Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

AUS V PAK ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

7 - 0

Match Review AUS - PAK 7-0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
AUS 5 2 DE YOUNG Liam PC 1 - 0
AUS 6 9 KNOWLES Mark PS 2 - 0
AUS 29 5 CIRIELLO Chris PC 3 - 0
AUS 34 5 CIRIELLO Chris FG 4 - 0
AUS 42 10 FORD Russell FG 5 - 0
AUS 48 1 DWYER Jamie PC 6 - 0
AUS 70 4 TURNER Glenn FG 7 - 0


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 SIMMONDS Gary
Umpire 2 BLASCH Christian
Reserve Umpire VAN EERT Roel
Judge 1 BUDEISKY Alberto
Judge 2 BRACA Guido
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Anything could still happen in Pool A, with four teams in contention for a semi-final spot (Australia, Great Britain, Pakistan and Spain) depending on the results on this last day of pool play.

Australia were prompt to stake their claim on the match, earning a penalty-corner within 4 minutes of play. Liam De Young picked up the rebound from the goalkeeper after the initial shot by Christopher Ciriello and managed to slip the bouncing ball in goal in a narrow angle. Less than a minute later, Mark Knowles added an unstoppable penalty-stroke under the crossbar and Pakistan were suddenly looking into a two-goal deficit with the match hardly started.

Imran Shah was kept busy in the Pakistani goal, while it took a while for Nathan Burgers to see any action at the other end. Australia were pressuring the Pakistani midfield very high on the pitch, preventing their attempts to develop any attack and reducing them to try and use tentative high balls.

Christopher Ciriello added a goal on another penalty-corner late in the period, then a forth one after a poor clearance by the Pakistani defense, and the Australians went into the half-time break with a comfortable 4-goal lead while the Pakistani team seemed at a loss to find a solution to threaten the Australian circle.

The same pattern prevailed in second period, with Australia having immediately another chance on penalty-corner. Ciriello’s flick was this time way too high but it did not take long for Russell Ford to score the 5th Australian goal with a spectacular shot high in the opposite corner at the end of a long run. Jamie Dwyer added a 6th goal, Glenn Turner a last one, and there was not much that Pakistan could do to prevent the Kookaburas from cruising to spectacular 7-0 victory, establishing a +18 goal difference that pretty much insured them top spot in Pool A, as Great Britain would now have to score 13 goals against Spain to overtake them.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 26
  • Date Tue, 7 Aug 2012
  • Time 10:45
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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