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

Kookas complete dramatic World League win

Monday July 6, 2015 by  

A late goal two seconds from full time by Chris Ciriello won the Kookaburras the World League Semi Final tournament in the most dramatic of circumstances, earning a 1-0 over hosts Belgium, on Sunday.

Spurred on by a full house crowd, Belgium held out the World Champions for almost the full 60 minutes in Antwerp with the match coming within two seconds of going to a shoot-out.

Having withstood the hosts’ early pressure, the Kookaburras were well in control of proceedings throughout the second half but it took a flowing late counter attack as the clock ticked down to help seal the outcome. Read more

Aussie men reach World League final

Saturday July 4, 2015 by  

Never mind the ‘Road to Rio’, Kookaburras coach Graham Reid dubbed the next 12 months the ‘Race to Rio’ after the Kookaburras came through an absorbing and highly competitive semi-final at the Hockey World League in Antwerp to officially secure their place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

A 3-1 win over Great Britain saw Australia’s men progress to Sunday’s Grand Final against the hosts and world number four, Belgium, who overcame India 4-2 in the other semi-final.

A goal shortly before half time from tournament leading-scorer Blake Govers gave the Australian men a deserved lead but Nick Catlin fired Britain level early in the third quarter. Read more

Kookaburras defeat Ireland, progress to semis

Wednesday July 1, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras marched into the semi-final of the Hockey World League after overcoming a dogged and physical Ireland 4-1 in an absorbing quarter-final in Antwerp.

Goals from Queensland cousins Matt Gohdes and Jamie Dwyer and New South Wales duo Simon Orchard and Blake Govers guided the Australian men to victory as the mercury hit 32 degrees.

Kookaburras coach Graham Reid admitted afterwards, “It wasn’t a pretty win but sometimes that’s what it is in international hockey. Read more

Kookaburras beat India to finish top of Pool A

Monday June 29, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the Hockey World League thanks to a 6-2 win over India in Antwerp.

Chris Ciriello’s hat-trick underpinned the result in a match that saw Jamie Dwyer find the roof of the net with a superb tomahawk strike from the top of the circle with Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers also weighing in with goals.

The result sets up a must-win quarter final clash against the fourth placed team in Pool B – currently Ireland, who are still to play hosts Belgium today (02:00am AEST, Monday 29 June). Anything less than an Irish win will mean they face the Kookaburras in Wednesday’s quarter final. An Irish victory over Belgium would pit the Kookaburras against Malaysia. Read more

Kookaburras maintain momentum

Saturday June 27, 2015 by  

Strikes from Kieran and Blake Govers, Jake Whetton and Simon Orchard cemented the Kookaburras’ place at the summit of Pool A at the Hockey World League with a 4-0 win over a determined Poland side.

The margin of victory might have been considerably greater for the World and Commonwealth champions had they not found Polish goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski in inspired form. The 22 year-old stopper denied Jake Whetton, Chris Ciriello, Blake Govers and Eddie Ockenden with a string of saves throughout the contest.

Afterwards, Kookaburras coach Graham Reid said, “Our opportunities at goal were huge tonight and we just didn’t get the return that we needed. If we were sitting here with a few more goals I might have been a bit happier. Read more

Kookaburras stay on course

Thursday June 25, 2015 by  

The Kookaburras returned to action at the Hockey World League with a 6-1 win over Pakistan to retain their place at the top of Pool A in Antwerp.

18 year-old Blake Govers took his tally to four goals in two games with a brace of late penalty corner goals, adding to strikes by Jake Whetton, Daniel Beale, Matthew Swann and Jamie Dwyer.

Jake Whetton’s concluding touch to a clinical breakaway gave the Kookaburras an early lead before Muhammad Irfan’s deflected penalty corner goal levelled things. Read more

Govers double trouble

Monday June 22, 2015 by  

A devastating spell that featured six goals in 17 minutes saw the Kookaburras hit the ground running in their quest for Olympic qualification at the Hockey World League in Antwerp on Sunday.

The tone was set for the 10-0 victory over 18th-ranked France when the World Champions opened the scoring in just the third minute through Kieran Govers.

A seven minute hiatus followed before the Australian men struck gold with five goals in ten minutes, including a second for Govers and an audacious lob from Matt Gohdes that looped over the goalkeeper and dropped under the crossbar. Read more