Sydney, Australia (WiredPRNews.com) — As a lot of athletes are struggling to adjust to the incapacitating mixture of humidity, dense smog and heat at the Beijing Olympics, one team that is confidently handling tough conditions is the Australian men’s hockey team. This is placing them at a vantage point in the defense for gold medal.
The Australians demonstrated their upper hand in fitness by making two late-goals in order to win over Germany in the 50-minute practice match by 2-1 held yesterday. Coach Barry Dancer said that the capacity of the Kookaburras to complete these matches strongly would certainly be an asset for them. He said, “I think a game like today, to finish as we did in the last 15 minutes, gives us a good idea about where we are physically. We pride ourselves on our ability to be the best in the world in that regard … it (coming from behind in the second half) is something we have confidence we can do.”
He also stated that this will not happen every time and they do not want to put themselves in the concerned situation. But they have the confidence to make it in the concluding quarter of the match. The Australians dominated the initial stages of the match between Germany and Australia before they conceded a goal in the late first half. Goals that were made in the final concluding 10 minutes by Jamie Dwyer and Grant Schubert were the major cause of providing them with immense confidence that led them to the victory.
Dancer seemed “pretty satisfied” with the performance of the team but is aware that the Germans might give a very tough competition on Sunday when the main matches begin. Dancer said, “I think they are probably going to be better for that run.”