Two World Cup goals for striker from Warwick
HOCKEY: Warwick hockey player Rob Pohlman has returned from his furthest hockey tour to date, the World Cup in Barcelona in Spain.
Pohlman has played masters hockey for Queensland for the past 15 years and the cup in Barcelona was the third time he had represented Australia.
He played in the Australian over-60s team which only lost one game in Barcelona, but it was enough to relegate them to the playoff for fifth which the Australian team won.
There were 10 scorers in the Australian team, which won 7-0 against Scotland, 7-0 against Canada, 6-0 against the United States and 2-1 against South Africa.
At the quarter-final stage the Australians lost 1-0 to Germany.
In the playoff for places five to eight, Australia beat Wales 5-0 and Scotland 3-1.
Australia only conceded three goals in the tournament and scored 30.
In masters hockey, the Australian team was playing with two strikers up front and had the four strikers alternating every three minutes.
Pohlman scored goals against Scotland and the United States and said he was happy with his form on tour.
He said the Australians had 90 per cent of the possession in the loss to Germany, 17 corners and numerous shots at goal.
But as in the FIFA World Cup in football, the goals only count when they make it into the box.
"Germany scored their goal in the first 10 minutes,” Pohlman said.
Pohlman said he enjoyed the World Cup even more than he expected.
"We were told there were two Olympians in the Spain team but we didn't play them,” he said.
With the World Cup over, Pohlman will now prepare for his 16th successive nationals, this time in the Lismore and Ballina area of northern New South Wales.
After a short break following his return from Spain, Pohlman will be back training three times a week at Queens Park in Warwick.
He plays masters hockey for Rangeville in Toowoomba and coaches the Corinthians women's side in the Warwick competition.
World Cups in the over-35 and over-40 age groups will be held later in the season.
Warwick player Adam Byrne is vice-captain of the Australian over-35 team for the cup and former Warwick player Scott Reid will tour to Spain with the Australian over-40s.