Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another defeat Down Under

MALAYSIA lost 2-0 to Australia ‘A’ in the Four-Nation in Canberra yesterday.
Australia ‘A’ are a development team, and Brent Dancer (27th) and Glenn Turner (49th) did the damage against Malaysia.
The National team suffered a humiliating 11-3 drubbing in the hands of Kookaburras, former Olympic champions, in the first match.
However, the Kookaburras only beat Canada 4-0 yesterday with goals from Des Abbott (29th), Robbie Hammond (35th), Grant Schubert (48th) and Eli Matheson (53rd).
Malaysia and Canada square off tomorrow. Australia A’s matches do not carry points, and Malaysia need to beat Canada for another rematch with the mighty Kookaburras.
Tomorrow: Canada v Malaysia; Kookaburras v Australia A.

A bunch of clowns

Kookaburras outclass Malaysia
Kookaburras 11 Malaysia 3 (9-1 half time) Goals Australia – Abbott 1m FG, Ciriello 5m PC, Dwyer 6m FG/ 34m FG, Knowles 17m PC, Ford 22m FG/ 33m FG, Orchard 24m/ FG 66m FG, Hammond 30m FG, Schubert 59m PS, Malaysia – Saari 15m FG, Mohamad Nor 52m FG, Hanafi 68m PC

The Kookaburras have made amends for their recent 1-0 shock loss to Malaysia, defeating them 11-3 tonight in Canberra.

The best possible start was made by the Kookaburras, with prolific striker Des Abbott opening the goal scoring account only 30 seconds into the match.

This was an ominous sign for Malaysia, with the Kookaburras showing no mercy and upcoming star Chris Ciriello extending the Kookaburras lead from a penalty corner only minutes later.

When two time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer scored immediately after, the game appeared almost over with over 70 minutes of play still remaining, the Kookaburras simply outclassing the visitors.

This was reinforced throughout the first half, with Mark Knowles, Simon Orchard and Rob Hammond scoring goals while Dwyer added his second just prior to half time, with Russell Ford also scoring two first half goals to set up a 9-1 half time lead.

In complete contrast to the fast paced first half, the goal-fest didn’t quite continue after half time, with the first goal not coming until the 52 minute mark, going to Malaysia.

Despite having the game already won the Kookaburras continued to work hard, with striker Grant Schubert scoring at the 59 minute mark while Orchard scored his second goal at the 66 minute mark.

Despite conceding a late goal with only two minutes remaining, nothing could dampen the performance of the Kookaburras as they prepare for their next game against Canada tomorrow evening in Canberra.