Australia beat England to lift Sultan Azlan Shah cup in Malaysia

In the final at Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday, they beat defending champions England by a narrow 2-1 margin. Australia have now won the prestigious tournament for the 10th time.  Earlier, in the classification match for the 3rd place, Argentina finished third after beating Malaysia 3-2. The hosts ended at the 4th spot.

Lachlan Sharp pounced on a loose ball from another penalty corner to score from close range and extend the lead. Samuel Ward immediately pulled one back to give England hope, but Australia held on to secure victory.

Both sides were using the tournament as preparation for the Commonwealth Games, which take place from 5-14 April on Australia’s Gold Coast. Australia won gold in 2014 and England earned bronze. England had beaten Malaysia 7-2 on Friday to secure their place in the final against an Australia side that had beaten England 4-1 earlier in the competition. The final was goalless until Govers scored from Australia’s first penalty corner in the 38th minute.

Meanwhile, India finished a disappointed fifth in the six-nation tournament.  In the classification match for the fifth and sixth places today, India defeated Ireland 4-1.
India had bowed out of the medal race, when they suffered a 2-3 loss against the same opponents in the last round robin match on Friday.


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