Kookaburras defeat Black Sticks on day two

Thursday November 24, 2016

The Kookaburras defeated the Black Sticks on day two of the International Festival of Hockey with a golden double from Kieran Govers and a goal from Aaron Kleinschmidt.

Six minutes into the game and New Zealand were a chance with a break away sprint down to their circle, however Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell managed to knock the ball away and within seconds it was down in the Australian circle.

Making the most of the opportunity Jake Whetton took a shot on goal, and the hit on a deflection was tapped in by returning Kookaburra Kieran Govers. Only a minute later and Govers worked his magic again, scoring his second field goal from a deflection off the post, giving the Kookaburras an early 2–nil lead over the Black Sticks.

In the final minute of quarter one Australia went for it with a couple of quick passes leaving Aaron Kleinschmidt undefended at the right of the net and free to flick the ball in to goal past New Zealand keeper Richard Joyce.

The Black Sticks forced a penalty corner in the first minute of the second quarter in an attempt to fight back against the Kookaburras but Tyler Lovell and the Kookaburras were too quick for the Black Sticks and the ball was knocked out of danger.

With four minutes go in the third quarter the Black Sticks broke their drought with Kane Russell using a powerful drag flick to sink the ball into the New Zealand Goal.

Kookaburras interim head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “It was pleasing to get the win today. The Black Sticks started well but we fought back at the end of the first quarter and into the second. It was some fantastic hockey and quality play.

“We lost our way a little bit after half time, and maybe relaxed which let them back into the game. We need to make sure that against Malaysia we get 60 minutes of quality play, not perhaps 35 minutes.”

Earlier in the evening India defeated Malaysia 4 – 2 in an action packed game that saw Rupinder Pal Singh score his third goal of the tournament, along with a double from Chandanda Thimmaiah and a single from Akashdeep Singh rounding out India’s goals. Malaysia’s goals came from Faizal Saari and Shahril Saabah.

News Source: Hockey Australia

Men’s Match Details:

Kookaburras 3 – Kieran Govers 8, 9 (FG,FG), Aaron Kleinschmidt 15 (FG)
New Zealand 1 – Kane Russell 41 (PC)
Half Time: Kookaburras 3-0