IFOH- Kookas Hammer Pakistan In Melbourne Opener

November 09, 2017 at 10:38 AM

The Kookaburras have opened the Melbourne leg of the International Festival of Hockey with a crushing 9-1 win over Pakistan, while the Hockeyroos went down 2-0 to the number 1 in the world Dutch team.

Blake Govers scored a hat-trick, while Melbourne boy Aaron Kleinschmidt hit a double in the comprehensive win at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

The result sets up Australia for Sunday’s gold medal match ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Zealand and the final group game against Japan on Saturday.

Kiran Arunasalam, who scored Australia’s sixth goal, commended Australia’s performance.

“It feels great to get a good win,” Melbourne-raised forward Arunasalam said.

“Nine goals is pretty special. We played well. Pakistan play hard so to score nine goals is perfect.”

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Pakistan had the first chance of the game when Qadir Muhammad Arslan pushed his deflection wide.

Australia responded with two goals before quarter-time, with Jeremy Hayward scoring again from a penalty corner in the eighth minute.

Jake Whetton doubled the Kookaburras’ lead four minutes later with a fine angled effort.

Australia keeper Tristan Clemons denied Abu Mahmood from a penalty corner early in the second, before Kleinschmidt made it 3-0 with a tidy finish on the turn.

Kleinschmidt, Tom Wickham and Matt Dawson were all denied before the main interval as Australia piled on the pressure, but Pakistan pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Mahmood scored from a penalty corner.

Australia immediately responded through Kleinschmidt, before Govers made it 5-1 with a goal from a penalty corner in the 43rd minute.

Arunasalam added the sixth after Kleinschmidt’s good lead-up play, with Govers grabbing two final quarter goals to complete his hat-trick. Wickham also got the scoresheet.





The Hockeyroos suffered a 2-0 defeat against world number one Netherlands at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.

Caia van Maasakker’s first quarter penalty corner goal and Maartje Krekelaar’s third quarter strike on the break clinched the win for the Dutch.

However, Australia grew into the game after a first-half of few chances, with Brooke Peris coming close in the third when in one-on-one.

Hockeyroos skipper Emily Smith was enthused by the display.

“Obviously they’re the benchmark of international hockey so we’re going to learn a lot,” Smith said.

“Every time we come up against them it’s a fast-flowing game. To stay with them for such a long time was promising, now we’ve got to get a few more goal scoring opportunities and limit there’s which I thought we did quite well.

“Obviously they’re very skilful once they get in the circle so they punished us a couple of times.”

Van Maasakker opened the scoring in the ninth minute with the visitors having the better of the chances, while Australia had plenty of possession without bite.

Krekelaar fizzed a shot wide before half-time in a warning sign, converting a chance on the break in the 35th minute.

Peris almost responded for Australia three minutes later but dragged her shot wide when in one-on-one.

Rachael Lynch made some good saves to keep it at 2-0, before Renee Taylor had a good chance go narrowly wide.