The Australian men’s team went down to United Arab Emirates, 20:34, in a training match overnight in Maleha.
The Aussies had a slow start to the match and struggled in-front of goal, then a string of conceded goals early in the match had them trailing till the end. The team went to the break down 7:16.
The team’s attack improved dramatically in the second half, but continued struggling to shut-down UAE’s fast transition game.
For Australia, Karl Warraner and Richard Thevenot top-scored with 7 and 6 goals respectively, and goalkeeper Alexander Lynch had 7 saves from 18 shots faced.
Australia was missing six players due to minor illnesses and late arrivals.
Australia will have another opportunity to face the UAE, on 14 January, before they travel to Dammam on Monday for the start of the 2022 Asian Men’s Championship.
Australia : United Arab Emirates 20:34 (7:16) (13:18)
Australia: Karl Warraner (7 goals), Richard Thevenot 6, Timothy Anderson, Caleb Gahan (2), Saša Šestić (2), Liam McCourt (1), Pavle Prokić (1), Tomasz Szklarski (1)
Goalkeepers: Alexander Lynch (7 saves), Avery Edmunds (9 saves).
Photo credit: Chris Seen – Chris Seen Photography