Country hockey team chases silver medal

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE'S Susan Aitkenhead-Brown scored her second goal in three games on Tuesday as Australia Country chased a silver medal at the Arafura Games in Darwin.

Having lost to the Malaysian Sports Council on Sunday, the Australian vice-captain said her side was already out of the running for the title but were determined to finish strongly.

They replied with a 6-1 victory over Singapore Police on Tuesday with Aitkenhead-Brown again finding the back of the net after scoring in the Australian side's first-up 3-0 win over Malaysian Universities last Saturday.

However, Aitkenhead-Brown said Australia Country was still struggling for form.

'They (Singapore Police) didn't have too much,' she said. 'We probably should have won 20-1.

'But I got to play striker for the first time which was a bit of fun.'

Aitkenhead-Brown scored off a rebound from the Singapore Police goalkeeper off a short corner and was pleased with her form going into yesterday afternoon's match against Papua New Guinea.

She said the crunch match would come against the Northern Territory under-21 outfit today with the winner likely to claim the silver medal.

Aitkenhead-Brown is set to retire from representative hockey after the Games finish tomorrow.



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