The Australian men’s hockey team lived up to their billing and defeated New Zealand (3-0) in the men’s hockey competition here at the Oceania Cup 2019 tournament to secure a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
— The DragFlick™ (@thedragflick) September 8, 2019
Coming into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, world no. 1 Australia played like champions and remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.
Going by world rankings, the Australian men were expected to control the proceedings and they exactly did that from the word go.
Tim Brand scored the opening goal in the 11th minute, while Blake Govers scored a brace in the 14th and 58th minute for the Australia.
On Day One and Two, Australia had one win and one draw against New Zealand.
“We’re very happy with the result. New Zealand were really competitive over the three games, we had a real battle with them yesterday but today we took our game to another level so it’s very pleasing to finish with that result,” said Head Coach Colin Batch.
“You never take the Oceania Cup or an Olympic qualifier for granted, so we got the job done this weekend, I’m very pleased and now we can look forward to Tokyo.” he added.
The Australia men’s hockey team will now compete at Toyko 2020, joining Argentina who qualified through the Pan American Games, South Africa who qualified through the African Continentals 2019 ( participation uncertain ) and Japan who qualified by winning the Asian Games 2018, alongside 10 other teams that are yet to be decided.