Kookaburras come from behind to beat Germany
THE Australian men’s hockey team has showed why it is among the gold medal favourites for the Rio Olympics in August, downing reigning Olympic champion Germany 4-3 in the Champions Trophy in London.
The Kookaburras were forced to come from behind for the win after going down 2-0 by the quarter-time break.
Field goals to Glenn Turner in the 17th minute and Tristan White in the 22nd minute brought the world champions back into the contest, but German star Florian Fuchs nudged the current Champions Trophy holders ahead again just before the break.
Kookaburras forward Blake Govers levelled the scores in the third quarter with a typically powerful drag flick from a penalty corner, before Aran Zalewski tapped in in the 53rd minute to seal the win.
“It was fantastic, a great experience,” said captain Simon Orchard, who was playing his 200th international for the Kookaburras. “There was a lot of character shown from our team; it’s a young group and sometimes that’s something which can be questioned against a top-notch opponent. Going down 2-0 wasn’t ideal, but it showed really good qualities to come back.
“I’m really privileged to play not only one game, but 200 games for Australia and it’s great that it was against a really good opponent such as Germany as well. They have some fantastic players and no doubt we will run into them at the Olympics and it will be another crunch match so today was a really good test.”
After a 0-0 draw with England to open the tournament, the Kookaburras have won two in a row after beating South Korea 4-2 earlier this week. They face Belgium tonight before their final pool match against India early on Friday morning.
The top two teams after the five-round pool stage will play off for the title on Saturday morning.
The women’s Champions Trophy, featuring the Hockeyroos alongside New Zealand, the USA, Argentina, Great Britain and the Netherlands, commences on Saturday and concludes on June 27.