Kookaburras win inaugural International Festival

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

The Kookaburras have won the inaugural International Festival of Hockey against the New Zealand Black Sticks this evening, winning the final 3-1 with goals from Trent Mitton, Chris Bausor and Jeremy Hayward.

The first quarter was action packed with the Kookaburras having the opportunity, but narrowly missing several shots on goal with one from Jake Whetton so close it hit the post much to the dismay of the crowd.

Quarter time came with a nil – all score after the Aussies continually pressed the Black Sticks. Going into the second quarter and Trent Mitton celebrating his 100th cap, made a break for goal but the Black Sticks managed to rally their defence and avoid giving the Kookaburras the lead. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Malaysia on day four

Saturday November 26, 2016 by  

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. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Black Sticks on day two

Thursday November 24, 2016 by  

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. Read more

Mixed fortunes on day one of Hockey Festival

Wednesday November 23, 2016 by  

The International Festival of Hockey kicked off at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre today, with the Hockeyroos taking part in a three-game test against India, and the Kookburras in a four nations competition with India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

The Kookaburras came away with a 3–2 win over India, while the Hockeyroos were defeated by India 1–nil.

The Hockeyroos took on India first, and quarter one saw both teams pressing without any luck converting goals. India were the first up on the board after Rani managed to score a penalty corner at the 21st minute of the match, leaving the Hockeyroos going into the half time break knowing they had some work to do. Read more

Kookaburras claim World League gold

Monday December 7, 2015 by  

Goals from youngsters Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson earned the Kookaburras their maiden World League crown with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Raipur.

Man of the Match Hayward’s unstoppable shot into the top right corner early in the second quarter put Australia’s men in front before Dawson’s drag flick doubled their advantage midway through the third period.

Simon Gougnard scored a consolation goal for the Red Lions with an overtime penalty corner rebound. Read more

Kookaburras reach World League final

Saturday December 5, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras have reached the gold medal grand final of the Hockey World League in Raipur after overcoming defending champions the Netherlands 3-2 in their semi-final.

First half goals from Dylan Wotherspoon and Daniel Beale put the Kookaburras in front but strikes from Constantijn Jonker and Mirco Pruijser either side of half time hauled the Netherlands level early in the third period before Matt Gohdes netted the winner.

Australia’s appearance record holder Jamie Dwyer, who had a hand in the first two goals, struck another milestone in the match, earning his 350th cap in an international career that began 14 years ago. Read more

Kookaburras clinch series

Tuesday November 24, 2015 by  

Tristan Clemons’ diving save helped the Kookaburras claim the test series title after defeating India 3-2 in a deciding shoot-out after both sides secured a win and draw in Chhattishgarh Tuesday morning.

During the shoot-out, tensions were high. Daniel Beale, Matt Gohdes and Chris Ciriello overcame India’s goalkeeper Sreejesh Parattu, Trent Mitton and Matthew Swann were unable to successfully net their attempts. It came down to India’s final shoot-out attempt with the score levelled at 2-2.

Under the bar for Australia, Tristan Clemons went one-on-one with Raghunath Vokkaliga after India were awarded a penalty stroke after Clemons made contact with the striker during the shoot-out. It was Clemons’ diving save that block India’s final attempt and secured Australia a final 3-2 victory. Read more

Fourth quarter strikes seal Kookaburras victory

Monday November 23, 2015 by  

Two final quarter strikes from forwards Jake Whetton and Aran Zalewski led the Kookaburras to a 2-1 victory over a dominating Indian side in their second test match in Chhattishgarh Monday morning.

Coming out of the barriers strong, India’s forwards dominated a majority of the ball possession in the first half. Under the bar for the Kookaburras, Leon Hayward responded well to India’s constant pressure, denying them access on several occasions.

It was at the 20th minute mark that the Kookaburras settled and secured their first penalty corner opportunity. Chris Ciriello stood tall at the top of the circle, however, his low drag flick was quickly cleared by the Indian defence and the score remained unbroken. Read more

Ciriello on target again

Thursday November 19, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras and India shared the spoils in the first of their three-match series in Chhattishgarh on Thursday night as Chris Ciriello’s equaliser cancelled out VR Ragunath’s penalty corner double late on.

Queenslander Dylan Wotherspoon gave Australia’s men a deserved early opener as he found space inside the Indian circle to fire home high from Tom Craig’s defence splitting pass in the ninth minute.

But it was Ragunath’s penalty corner brace either side of half time – one down the middle and one into the bottom left corner – that put India on the verge of victory before Victorian Ciriello’s trademark low drag flick made it 2-2 with two minutes to play. Read more

Kookaburras finish on top

Sunday October 25, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras have won the 2015 Oceania Cup over Kiwi rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks following up Thursday’s 3-1 win with a 3-2 victory in Stratford, New Zealand Sunday afternoon.

Australia’s senior players lead the way with an opening goal from Goulburn’s Glenn Turner four minutes after the starting whistle, followed by an on-target flick from Jamie Dwyer and a third quarter strike from Trent Mitton.

Kookaburras coach Paul Gaudoin said, “I thought we started really well and stuck to our game plan today putting a lot of pressure on New Zealand. We created many turnovers and opportunities to score, however, towards the end we went off course, which resulted in a tight second half. It’s good to win games where you feel like you have played well, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement for us.” Read more