The final day of competition in Poznan, Poland saw both the Men’s and Women’s Teams competing in the Semi-Finals.
The similarities did not end there as both teams faced off against German opposition.
The Women’s went behind on the scoreboard early in the match but Sarah Heard equalised. It stayed at 1-1 until late in the game when Germany scored the winner.
With Germany the pre-tournament favourites it was always going to be a tough job to beat them but the Australian’s came the closest of any of the teams and if the draw had been kinder, the two teams would have been playing off in the final.
The Bronze Medal playoff saw the Women put on a dominant performance to beat their New Zealand counterparts 2-0 with goals from Rebecca Jennings and Alisa Enting-Hawke.
This was the Australian Women’s best result for 10 years and was just reward for the hard work that the team had put in in the lead up to the competition.
The Men’s match against was a very eventful match with 10 goals and 9 green cards. The Germans, prevailed by 7 goals to 3.
In the Bronze Medal playoff, the Men came up against pre-tournament favourites France who came off a surprise semi-final loss to the Netherlands.
It looked like the French were going to dominate the match after getting out to a 4-1 lead but when Bretenoux was sent off in the 18th minute the Aussies scored two late goals to set up a nail biting finish.
Unfortunately the charge came a bit too late and the scores finished at 4-3.