12 Oct 2018

Aussies cruise past Kiwis Featured

Defending champions Australia ended the preliminary round of the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 4-0 win over New Zealand at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

 

They finished third in the standings with seven points.  

Japan also has seven points but an inferior goal difference.

Both Australian and Japan will meet in the play-off for third place today (Saturday).

New Zealand will meet Malaysia in the fifth placing match.

For the Australians, it is a chance to exact revenge on the Japanese for the 1-2 group defeat.

After two listless quarters, the Australians finally took the lead in the 34th minute through a penalty corner goal by Blake Wotherspoon.

The game did not pick up pace after the goal as both teams were happy to play out the match.

Jake Staines added the second goal in the 41st minute off a field attempt and Damon Steffens sealed the match in the 52nd minute off a penalty corner.

It was Damon’s eighth goal of the tournament. He is in line to win the top scorer award.

The Australians had a little extra as they ended the match with a fourth goal when they converted another penalty corner through Coby Green.

The Australians will head to the game against Japan as the favourites as they seek to end the tournament on the podium.

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