The Aussie boys went down over night in a hard-fought game against Russia. A large 14 foul-count differential cost the Australians.
Russia started strongly with the first two goals of the game and extended their lead to 4-1 halfway through the second quarter and from that point the match was evenly contested with the Aussies working hard to get on level terms with Russia. Australia drew within one via a penalty and Russia converted an extra-man attack to go into the second half 6-4 up.
Australia started the third quarter strongly with Nicholas Hallam and Nicholas Elphick — both scoring to level the scores at six all, Elphick scoring a cracker from eight metres. Russia converted an extra man and Tim Putt scored 52 seconds prior to the final break levelling up the game at 7-7.
Russia came out on the attack in the final quarter scoring three unanswered goals to open up a three goal lead. The lead was too great to pull back. Australia will now play off with China for 11th and 12th place.
AUSTRALIA 8 RUSSIA 11
Quarters: 1-3, 3-3, 3-1, 1-4
Referees: Erwin Schapers (NED), Tamas Kovacs-Csatlos (HUN).
Penalties: AUS: 1/1. RUS: 1/2
Extra Man: AUS: 1/6. RUS: 8/14
RUSSIA: Vladislav Chuvilev, Daniil Pronin, Ilya Shein, Roman Usov (1), Nikita Krug, Daniil Merkulov (3), Daniil Andreev, Oleg Kucherenko, Arslan Zakirov (3), Ivan Gusarov, Timur Shaikhutdinov, Konstantin Kharkov (4), Igor Chirkov. Head Coach: Dmitry Apanasenko.
AUSTRALIA: Nicholas Porter, Samuel Nangle, Adam Hall, Nicholas Elphick (1), Timothy Putt (1), Nicholas Hallam (1), Hugh Anstey, Rhys Holden (1), Christian Kyriakou (1), Lachlan Vos (1), Charles Negus (1), Conor Wolohan (1), Damian Williams. Head Coach: Andrei Kovalenko.