Kookaburras to face India in Champions Trophy decider
THE Australian men’s hockey team will face India in the final of the Champions Trophy in London tomorrow morning (AEST), a day after beating the same team 4-2.
The Kookaburras had already secured their place in the final before facing India, but the win maintained their unbeaten streak at the six-team tournament.
Trent Mitton and Aran Zalewski got the scoring under way for the world champions in the second quarter, before Flynn Ogilvie extended the lead in the third.
India got on the board with a penalty corner just before the last break, but Tristan White – the equal top scorer at the tournament with three goals – responded immediately to restore the three-goal buffer. India rounded out the scoring in the 49th minute.
After the game, Kookaburras coach Graham Reid was content with the win but conceded there was still work to do.
“I was happy with the first three quarters, it was just that last quarter was really disappointing. We gave them some easy opportunities, allowed them in and they took advantage of it,” he said.
“Part of the objective of this tour was to be able to string four quarters together, and we just struggled a bit with that today.
“Tomorrow is the game now that we need to focus on.”
After the loss, the world No.7-ranked Indians were forced to endure a nervous wait to see if they had also qualified for the final, needing a draw between Great Britain and Belgium to progress. The European sides duly delivered, with Great Britain scoring two goals in the dying minutes to secure a 3-3 draw.
In the day’s other game, Olympic champions Germany hammered Korea 7-0.