Bhubaneswar, 8 December 2014: As the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014 approaches its third day of exciting games, Team Australia and Pakistan gear up for the clash with enough confidence and lessons taken from the previous matches. While Australia lost its first match against England with a score 3-1, the players tried hard in the next match against Belgium and managed a draw with both the teams scoring 4 goals each. On the other hand, Pakistan after suffering two losses in both the previous matches played against Belgium and England respectively, is looking forward to open its winning account in the game tomorrow.
The teams now aim to claim victory with proper strategies and winning moves in the match tomorrow. It is a moment for both the teams to claim their first win in the ongoing tournament and take their first step towards the title.
Over a couple of years in the last few clashes between both the teams, Australia had defeated Pakistan with an excellent score 7-0 in Men’s Olympic Games 2012 played in London, England and registered third position for itself in the final standings. The teams also clashed in the Hockey Champions Trophy 2012 where once again Pakistan had to suffer a loss, the score being 1-0.
Speaking on the sidelines of the match tomorrow, Australia Head Coach Graham Reid said, “We are working together to give our best shottomorrow. Though we have not won any match yet in the tournament, the team is taking the loss as learning experience rather than losing confidence. We are strategising our moves based on the strengths and skills of individual players of our team and we look forward to make a comeback through tomorrow’s clash.
Talking about the preparations for tomorrow, Australian Captain Eddie Ockenden said, “We have been observing our competitors’ moves and are preparing ourselves accordingly so that we do not miss any chance to score. With an aim to win tomorrow’s match against Pakistan, we are working together with confidence and hope to retain the No 1 position in the FIH Rankings.”
Speaking about the clash against Australia, Pakistan Head Coach Shahnaz Sheikh said, “Tomorrow’s match is going to be tough competition and we are preparing ourselves to register our first win. Australian team has always been on top positions and hence we need to put in extra efforts to defeat them. However, our players are geared up with enthusiasm to showcase good game skills and put forward an exciting match tomorrow.”
Gearing up for the game tomorrow, Pakistan Captain Muhammad Imran said, “Tomorrow’s match is crucial for us and we are putting in our best to make it a successful one. We have a good team with young as well as experienced players who are focusing to make the best use of their talent.”