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England With Convincing Win in Grand Masters Final

Hutchings at the Double as England Triumph

This article comes from the South China Morning Post.

A brace of goals from Greg Hutchings helped England sweep to a 4-1 victory over Australia in the final of the Grand Masters World Cup at HKFC on Sunday, 21st Sept.

Hutchings scored two, while Barry Mills and Mike Surridge grabbed one apiece as England easily wrapped up the 10-day tournament and took the silverware in the over 60s competition. Australia scored a late consolation goal through Ajit Bhullar.

Australia, however, will go home with their own silverware from the Great Grand Masters (over 65s) competition, in which they defeated England 3-2 on penalties. The match was tied 0-0 at the end of regular and extra time. The first set of penalty strokes ended with both sides level at 3-3 before Australia held their nerve to win.

Hong Kong, meanwhile, were left shell-shocked as they tumbled to a 9-1 defeat at the hands of former World Cup champions Germany in the third place play-off in the over 60s section.

Chris O'Dempsey got the hosts off to a good start when he scored an early goal but Germany quickly rebounded, hammering in three goals to lead 3-1 at the break. They then turned on the style in the second half, scoring a further six goals, as Hong Kong's defence wilted. "Playing six games in nine days was too much for us", said forward Sarinder Dillon, who is also the president of the Hong Kong Hockey Association. "We were competitive until half-time but then we just folded".

Hong Kong, who were taking part in this event for the first time, can however be pleased. "England, Australia and Germany were all at a different standard to everyone else in this tournament and coming fourth behind them is a remarkable feat", Dillon said.

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