The New Zealand men’s hockey team held world number one side Australia to a 2-2 draw on Day Two of the Oceania Cup 2019 in Rockhampton in Australia forcing the game into a a final third round.
Blake Govers 20’, Wickham 24’ scored for Australia while Smith 32’, Russell 41’ scored for New Zealand.
After winning the opening game 4-0 on Thursday, the Kookaburras need only to win, draw or not lose by a margin of five goals or more to qualify for Tokyo 2020 and claim the Oceania Cup.
“It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t wrap it up,” said Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden.
“Being two-nil up, we were playing ok without playing our best, so it was disappointing that we couldn’t wrap it up being in a good position…we just didn’t finish the game off well enough.”
“New Zealand is a quality team and they were just looking for a few opportunities to get back into it. They probably did lift a little bit in the second half and we probably didn’t defend as well as we have been. You can’t let good teams get into your circle.”