Sports Bulletin Report
Birmingham (UK):-The final day of Pool action got underway with New Zealand’s women cruising to victory over South Africa, before England went 4 wins from 4 for the first time in the Commonwealth Games with a comfortable win over Wales. The afternoon began with India’s men securing top spot in Pool B, with the second game of the session seeing England put up double figures against Canada. South Africa’s men pulled off a crucial win over New Zealand in the opening game of the evening, ending the Black Sticks chance of a medal. The final Pool match of the games saw Australia maintain their 100% record, setting up a semi-final
Australia 7 Pakistan 0 (Pool A men):
Australia maintained their 100% record in the final Pool match of the games, registering a comfortable win over Pakistan.
In order to ruin the South African party Pakistan needed to win this game by 2 goals or more, and to their credit they started on the front foot, taking the fight to the 6 time champions. They couldn’t find a way through however, and Blake Govers hammered home just how tough this would be for Pakistan by opening the scoring in the 12th minute.
The second quarter only served to make the already extremely tough Pakistan challenge almost impossible when Jeremy Hayward doubled the Kookaburra’s lead. A strong period for the Aussies only yielded the one goal but put them firmly in the driving seat.
Any lingering hopes of a Pakistan comeback were firmly crushed in the third quarter, as goals from Hayward and Tom Wickham just 2 minutes apart extended the lead to 4-0.
The result of the game means Pakistan will take on Canada in the 7th/8th classification match, while Australia will play hosts England in the semi-final on Saturday.
Results (Women's Competition):
South Africa 1 New Zealand 4 (Pool B women)
Umpires: Rebecca Woodcock (ENG) Lelia Sacre (CAN) Cookie Tan (SGP-video)
England 5 Wales 0 (Pool A women)
Umpires: Wanri Venter (RSA) Binish Hayat (PAK) Rhiannon Murrie (AUS-video)
Results (Men’s Competition):
India 4 Wales 1 (Pool B men)
Umpires: Nick Bennett (ENG) Tyler Klenk (CAN) Fraser Bell (SCO-video)
Canada 2 England 11 (Pool B men)
Umpires: Deepak Chandra Joshi (IND) Stephen Rogers (AUS) Sean Rapaport (RSA-video)
South Africa 4 New Zealand 3 (Pool A men)
Umpires: Daniel Barstow (ENG) Bruce Bale (ENG) Nick Bennett (ENG-video)
Australia 7 Pakistan 0 (Pool A men)
Umpires: Peter Obalo Kabaso (KEN) David Tomlinson (NZL) Tim Bond (NZL-video)