The Kookaburras maintained their 100% record in game three of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Monday with a resounding 7-0 over Commonwealth Games opponents South Africa.
Despite being held deadlocked at 0-0 for the first half hour of the match, the Kookaburras took advantage of three opportunities in quick succession to go in 3-0 ahead at the break. Trent Mitton opened the scoring just a day after his 50th appearance for Australia before Jamie Dwyer fired a powerful tomahawk into the far corner for 2-0. Nick Budgeon continued his impressive record of at least a goal in every match with a 35th minute penalty corner taking his tally to five for the tournament.
Dwyer’s commitment at the near post allowed him to steal in to sweep home for 4-0 after excellent work from fellow Athens 2004 veteran Rob Hammond down the right before Chris Ciriello announced his return with a low penalty corner flick.
Daniel Beale added his name to the score sheet in the 58th minute with a composed upright tomahawk to make it 6-0 and just four minutes later captain Mark Knowles got in on the act with a thumping drive for 7-0.The Kookaburras’ next match is against Korea on Thursday. It begins at 11pm AEDT / 8pm AWST.