Kookaburras defeat Malaysia on day four
The Kookaburras have dominated the match against Malaysia today at the International Festival of Hockey, with a 5–nil win thanks to some fantastic goals from Jake Whetton, Scott Boyde, Aaron Kleinschmidt and Aran Zalewski.
The first quarter of the game saw some scrappy hockey as both the Kookaburras and Malaysia fought to take ownership of the play. It was Jake Whetton however who gave the Aussies an early advantage, tapping the ball from directly in front of the net sending it straight in past the Malaysian keeper.
Minutes later and Australia were looking dangerous again with some team work by Dylan Wotherspoon and Trent Mitton getting the Kookaburras close to scoring a second, but this time keeper Kumar Subramiam cleared the ball.
Australia had several chances for penalty corner conversions in the second quarter, along with a break-away goal attempt from Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers but Malaysia were determined not to give away another goal.
It wasn’t until the 43rd minute of play that another goal was added to the tally, with Jake Whetton scoring his second field goal off a deflection attempt by Chris Bausor giving the Kookaburras a boost of confidence going into the final quarter.
In the 51st minute of play the Kookaburras were at it again with Scott Boyde scoring the third goal of the match from directly in front of the Australian net – his first goal for the Kookaburras.
Aaron Kleinschmidt was next up with a field goal from the right of the net sneaking past the Malaysian opposition. Aran Zalewski backed Kleinschmidt up only a minute later with a powerful reverse flick from the top of the circle smacking into the back of the net giving Australia a 5 – nil lead and sealing their third victory of the festival.
Kookaburras interim head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “It was a pleasing performance today, I thought we were able to create a lot of chances. We wore them down in the second half and scored some fantastic goals. Defensively we were reasonably sound and overall it was a reasonable effort.
“We’ll need to be better again tomorrow against whoever we meet, whether that’s New Zealand or India.”
The Kookaburras will play in the final of the International Festival of Hockey tomorrow at 6.30pm AEDT, and will take on the winner of the India v New Zealand game which is under way at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. The Hockeyroos will also be back in action against the Indian Eves, with their game taking place at 2pm AEDT.
News Source: Hockey Australia
Men’s Match Details:
Kookaburras 5 – Jake Whetton 9, 43 (FG, FG), Scott Boyde 51 (FG), Aaron Kleinschmidt 56 (FG), Aran Zalewski 57 (FG)
Half Time: Kookaburras 1-0