LONDON — Germany beat Great Britain 3-1 in the test event at the Olympic Park but their opening goal prompted concerns about possible controversy at the 2012 Games if rules were strictly enforced.
After a goalless first half, Germany were the first team to emerge for the start of the second period.
When the countdown clock on the scoreboard reached zero, the umpires
re-started the match even though several British players were still
making their way back onto the pitch.
Germany's Florian Fuchs then deflected the ball into an empty net.
Christophe Zeller and Moritz Furste increased Germany's lead before
Britain's Ashley Jackson pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty
"I think we had six or seven on the pitch and the umpires were told
to start. It doesn't look great on anyone's part really," Jackson told
Germany coach Markus Weise said: "To me it sounds like a typical
hockey thing. I can't imagine other sports starting (like that).
"It's a very strange rule, probably provided by TV, that a game
starts when the countdown is at zero. I don't want to be in a position
without 11 players on the pitch and a game starting. It's a bit
Great Britain coach Jason Lee insisted his team hadn't been time-wasting.
"It wasn't like we were four or five minutes late, we were 10 or 15
seconds late," Lee said. "But in hockey the ball goes so fast that you
can't really get into position at that point.
"The changing rooms are a little bit further (away from the pitch) than what we'd expect."
Australia, the world's number one ranked men's side, beat India 3-0
thanks to goals from Russell Ford, Matt Gohdes and Luke Doerner.
In the women's tournament, Great Britain saw Alex Danson mark her
50th appearance with the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over South
Argentina, the reigning world champions, defeated China 3-0.