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Hockey Pro League: Great Britain’s Maddie Hinch brands FIH rule ‘obscene’


Maddie Hinch

Maddie Hinch was part of the team that clinched Olympic gold in 2016

Great Britain goalkeeper Maddie Hinch has branded a rule “ridiculous” and “obscene” after Australia were awarded points for a game that was abandoned, despite the fact Britain were winning.

Britain were beating Australia 1-0 and dominating when the game was cancelled at half-time due to a lightning storm.

But because the Hockeyroos won the first match between the sides on Saturday, they received double points.

“Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” Hinch said on Twitter.

“Winning 1-0 at half time only for some obscene TCs to determine the outcome and be left with absolutely nothing!!”

Anna Toman had put the reigning Olympic champions ahead from a penalty corner in the 17th minute in the the Hockey Pro League at Sydney Olympic Park, but her side’s push for victory was thwarted by heavy rain and lightning.

International Hockey Federation rules also state the score could not stand because the match had not reached the fourth quarter when it was called off.

Addressing the issue, former GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said that although she “doesn’t like” the rule change, it was “agreed by all the Pro League teams unanimously”.

The FIH confirmed the rule had been enforced following the “unfortunate scenario” of extreme weather, adding that the “specific point” of the regulations was discussed “in detail” between all participating national hockey organisations before the Pro League started.

The statement added that a cancelled match cannot be replayed due to “logistical constraints”.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s men were thrashed 5-1 by Australia in their second game of the Pro League in Sydney.

Australia were 3-1 up by half-time, before Tim Brand and Trent Mitton sealed the victory, with Luke Taylor scoring Britain’s only goal.

Both British sides next face New Zealand in Auckland on 8 and 9 February.

The annual Pro League competition sees the world’s top nine teams compete for the overall title, and takes place between January and June in multiple cities, including London, Auckland and Valencia.