Kookaburras into Champions Trophy decider
AUSTRALIA’S unbeaten run at the Champions Trophy hockey tournament has continued with a 2-0 win over Belgium in London.
Second-half goals to Glenn Turner and Tristan White were enough to seal the result against the world’s No.5-ranked team.
The victory ensures the world-champion Kookaburras a place in Saturday morning’s final, regardless of the outcome of Friday morning’s clash with India.
“It was a good lesson for us. We didn’t wake up until the second quarter of the game, and then we started to play a bit better,” Kookaburras coach Graham Reid said.
“The numbers behind the scene weren’t good for us tonight, whereas normally they are. They’re usually a sign that we create a lot of opportunities and that we don’t give too many away but tonight was opposite.”
Goal-scorer White said: “It was a really tough first quarter. They’re big, strong guys and they kind of put it to us in the first quarter and we knew we had to wake up, as Graham (Reid) said to us at the break. We worked hard and were able to run over the top in the end so it was really pleasing.”
Commenting on his goal, White said: “The goal just fell for me. I swung and it went in so I’m happy with that.”