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Australia Win Inaugural Tasman Tri Series

New Zealand, 30th May – 1st June 2009

The Australian Grand Masters toured the South and North Islands of New Zealand and completed the tour with a 3-match Test Series in Auckland against the New Zealand 60's team.

The Tri Series was a great struggle between the Australian and New Zealand teams with very little separating the teams.

Game 1 was won by Australia by the narrow margin of one goal. Just prior to half time Don Richards, Aussie Captain, scored from a penalty corner. The NZ team had double the PC count than Australia but were unable to take advantage of this. Final score, Australia won 1–0 .

Game 2 was an even closer Game with neither team being able to find the net by full time. Teams then went to a Penalty Stroke contest to get a result, with two brilliant saves from Aussie Keeper Brian Seboa. Australia won 4–2 (Australia scorers: Asley Challenor, Bob Claxton, Kieth Chay, Argit Bhullar) and with that won the series.

Game 3 saw the New Zealand take full advantage of the tired Australia team when they dominated early play to go into a 2-goal lead and it was not until late in the 2nd half that Chris O'Dempsey slotted in a brilliant individual goal for a final score of 2-1 to New Zealand.

The New Zealand team have given a very strong undertaking that they will compete at the next WGMA World Cup in Cape Town in September 2010 and they would certainly be an exciting new opponent for all the other Grand Masters teams.

Finally, in the Womens Series Australia 50+ won 2 games to 1, and New Zealand 55+ won 2 games to 1.

J. Watts
June 2009

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