Kookaburras secured a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands at the FIH Pro League tournament in Amstelveen on Saturday.
The match start was delayed by two hours amidst bizarre scenes – the water system at the Wagener Hockey Stadium failed, requiring the local fire department to step in and water the pitch themselves.
That left pitch conditions less than ideal, but it would be the same challenge facing both teams.
Australia rode on goals through Govers 5’, Hayward 14’, Govers 18’, Hayward 45’.Janssen 7’ was the lone goal scorer for Netherlands.
Coach Colin Batch said he was pleased with team’s ability to score through penalty corners.
“The game was decided on penalty corners. We put four through, and that was a decisive part of the game.“We’re pleased to be able to get our flickers flicking well, particularly on this surface as it is the pitch we’ll play on for the finals.”
Player of the match,Jeremy Hayward said,
“It was a pretty good game, we are pretty happy with that. They got a few chances no doubt, but I think we are now just going to get ready for next week in the Finals.
We’ll take a couple of days off, then we’ll be out here training, getting used to the turf and getting ready for the Finals.”
The win has no effect on Australia’s place on the standings, with top spot already secured prior to the match. However, it does mean that Australia will finish at least four points clear of second place.Australia’s next match will be the semi-final, with the opposing team still to be confirmed.
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