Australia coach Colin Batch, whose side clinched the bronze medal at the Hockey Men's World Cup after registering a massive 8-1 win against England stated that his troops were determined to win the encounter and sign off on a high. Australia, defending champions in the just-concluded edition, ended third after losing their semifinals clash versus Netherlands. In an epic finale, Belgium edged past Netherlands to win their maiden World Cup and become the sixth nation to do so.
Batch said the team was highly motivated to improve their performance in the match after the disappointment against Netherlands. "After the disappointment in the last game where we lost the semi-final, we were determined to perform better in the match. I am sure England would be disappointed with the results. We scored a lot of goals in the match and won it," the coach said.
Meanwhile, Australia captain Aran Zalewski also echoed his coach's statement and said the team was happy with the performance after the last disappointing match.
The 14th edition saw plenty of mouth-watering contests such as Argentina versus Spain, India versus Belgium, India against Netherlands, Australia versus Netherlands and Netherlands vs Belgium. The last two encounters went down to the wire (shooutouts followed by sudden death) and kept a buzzing crowd on their toes.
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