Australia got the better of Great Britain in both the men’s and women’s International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League in Perth today.
Playing at the Perth Hockey Stadium, the Hockeyroos beat Britain 2-0 in the men’s contest and 3-0 in the women’s match.
In the men’s event, which went ahead first, Trent Mitton gave Australia the lead two minutes before the end of the first quarter after Eddie Ockenden provided the assist with a diving one-handed pass.
Great Britain, who entered the match top of the table with two wins from two, were the better side in the first part of the second quarter but went 2-0 down thanks to a goal from Jacob Anderson against the run of play.
He smashed home a volley after Jake Whelton’s initial strike was blocked.
The visitors had two good chances to get on the scoreboard in the third quarter, which they failed to take, before Australia should have gone 3-0 up, only for Tom Wickham to miss an open goal.
The win pushed Australia up to fourth in the standings as Great Britain dropped to third.
In the women’s tie Britain entered the match having been thrashed 5-1 by New Zealand last week and the Olympic champions were unable to bounce back from that today.
The Rio 2016 gold medallists did start the brighter but, just like the men, they ended the first period behind when Kalindi Commerford turned in a cross from close range.
Australia’s advantage was doubled in the second quarter when Mariah Williams drilled a bouncing ball into the roof of the net and two became three in the fourth quarter when Savannah Fitzpatrick scored with the last touch of the game.
That result keeps Australia second overall behind Argentina, while Britain drop into last place with two losses from two games.
On the other side of the world in the United States, the US' women played host to world champions The Netherlands, and were promptly dispatched 5-0.
Two goals from Frederique Matla, plus one each from Lidewj Welten, Laurien Leurink and Marloes Keetels helped the Dutch to a comfortable victory.