Australia gave their best performance of the tournament to date to defeat England in what was anticipated to be a close encounter based on the two teams’ previous encounters over the last year.
England started well, Jenny Simpson opening the scoring off a good feed from Olivia Hompe. Mollison and Burgess responded for Australia before Whittle levelled the scoring off a free position; however, Whittle was injured during the foul and was withdrawn from the game after the FPS which left England without their top scorer and they struggled to convert their chances from then on.
Kwas, Hiron, Nielsen and Mollison again all scored before half-time to give the Aussies a 6-3 lead.
After being outmuscled on the draw in the first-half, Hompe was moved to takeover for England and won three consecutive draws but the attack was unable to turn the possession into goals as Bree Hussey finished with an 86% save rate.
The experience of Hannah Nielsen also shone through in the second-half as she was allowed to control the play from the ‘X’, setting up MVP Abbie Burgess for two goals in quick succession, Burgess finished with three goals and 9/16 on the draw.
As England chased the game, holes appeared in the defence and Australia scored further late goals, Charlotte Lytollis’ good break and low shot being England’s only highlight of the second-half as the Green and Gold beat their old rivals fairly comfortably in the end.
England will look to bounce back against Canada (3-1) on Tuesday at 6pm.