Australia in St George three-peat

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Australia has won its third straight St George’s Day Challenge after accounting for England 8-1 at Great Southern Grammar last Saturday.

The annual event, which raised close to $1000 for Albany RSL, included a women’s and juniors match with a strong crowd throughout the day.

The Australians dominated the match from the outset and led 3-0 at half-time before finishing with a five goal-to-one second half.

Ben Walker did most of the damage up forward with four goals while Matt Owen, Brad Hopperton, David Kerr and John de Agostini all hit the scoreboard.

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For the English, John Smith was the side’s lone goal scorer.

In the women’s exhibition match, the final score was 4-2 and the Great Southern Development Squad defeated Port Albany 4-1 in the juniors.

Smith said the day was a success.

“We raised about $1000 and it was a great day,” he said. “We would like to thank GSG for allowing us to use their playing field, to all the sponsors, in particular Brooks Garden Woolworths, and every-body that turned up on the day.”

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