Hockey: Stacy punishes England's failings

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Jay Stacy, the Australian captain, punished England with an accomplished hat-trick as Australia overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 5-3 and collect their first points at the Golden Jubilee Tournament in Karachi yesterday.

It was a disappointing end to an England campaign which had started so well with a 1-1 draw against the world champions, Pakistan. Yesterday Russell Garcia gave England the lead after five minutes and when Bobby Crutchley scored after 13 minutes England were on course to achieve their first victory over the old enemy since 1985.

After surviving two Australian penalty corners, England conceded a goal in the 26th minute as Matthew Smith opened Australia's account. Stacy, with goals in the 31st and 34th minutes, gave his side a 3-2 interval lead.

With England again failing at five penalty corners, Stacy completed his hat-trick and James Elmer finished the scoring.

ENGLAND: D Luckes (East Grinstead); J Wallis (Teddington), B Garrard (Guildford), A Humphrey (Cannock), B Waugh (Southgate); B Sharpe (Cannock), J Pidcock (Cannock), J Lee (Old Loughtonians); S Head (East Grinstead), R Garcia (HDM, capt), B Crutchley (Cannock). Substitutes used: M Pearn (Reading), N Conway (Teddington), D Hall (Guildford).

AUSTRALIA: L Dreher; S Carruthers; M York, D Sproule, B Livermore; P Lewis, J Elmer, J Stacy (capt); B Choppy, S Davies, M Smith. Substitutes used: M Brennan, B Garrard, J Hiskins.

Umpires: J Gorrisen (Neth), C Siebrecher (Ger).

GOLDEN JUBILEE TOURNAMENT (Karachi): Germany 3 Pakistan 3; England 2 Australia 5. Standings: 1 Netherlands (P3, Pts7); 2 Germany (3-7); 3 Australia (3-3); 4 Pakistan (3-3); 5 England (4-1).