Mate against mate in World Cup battle

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ON TOP: David Sinclair playing for the Australian over-70s against Japan at Newcastle International Hockey Centre on Thursday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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AUSTRALIA beat Japan 7-0 in the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup over-70s division in Newcastle on Thursday to set up a titanic contest against their over-75 countrymen this weekend.

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The over-75s are competing in the over-70s competition after the older age group was scrapped due to lack of numbers. But they have proved more than competitive, drawing 1-1 with a strong England side and beating Wales 3-0.

The two Australian teams meet on Saturday morning, and over-70s skipper Len Blyth said there would be more than points at stake.

Hat-trick hero Tony Rodgers tests Japanese goalie Sono Yashiki on Thursday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“There would be no greater sense of glory for them than to beat the over-70s,” Blyth said after the win over Japan, in which Tony Rodgers scored a hat-trick.

“I don’t think it’s in our DNA to sort of allow something silly like that to happen. It’ll be a hard match.”

Australia’s over-65s beat Japan 3-1 on Thursday to sit alone at the top of Group B after two rounds.

The over-60s had the day off and face Pool A leaders Wales on Friday.

Douglas Truman playing against Japan. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

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