Saturday, July 25, 2009

Australia humiliate Malaysia 8-1

Kookaburras Maul Malaysia in Adelaide
KOOKABURRAS 8 MALAYSIA 1 (4-0 half time) Australia got their goals off Brent Livermore (10th), Fergus Kavanagh (14th), Grant Schubert (18th, 32nd), Chris Criello (38th, 66th), Mark Knowles (46th), Jamie Dwyer (47th).
Ismail Abu scored the consolation in the 62nd minute.

The Kookaburras preparation for the ABN AMRO Hockey Champions Trophy - Men 2009 tournament appears to be well on track, with Australia disposing of Malaysia in a clinical fashion tonight in Adelaide.

In what was the Kookaburras first appearance in Adelaide since 2002, the early stages of the match played out according to script, with the world number 2 Kookaburras dominating the 16th ranked Malaysian team.

Although Malaysia was able to deny the Kookaburras first penalty corner attempt, an early Australian goal appeared to be a mere formality.

After several minutes of peppering their goal, eventually the Kookaburras opened the scoring, with veteran Brent Livermore scoring at the ten minute mark.

Playing the match at a ferocious pace the Kookaburras continued to attack, and when Fergus Kavanagh scored at the 14 minute mark the signs already looked ominous for Malaysia as the Kookaburras showed no mercy.

The crowd were given further reason to cheer after a long pass from Jamie Dwyer found a diving Grant Schubert in the circle for the Kookaburras third goal of the half. As the only South Australian member of the Kookaburras squad, Schubert was understandably pleased with the goal, given that tonight was his first international match in front of his home crowd.

Malaysia seemingly settled following the initial Kookaburras onslaught, but again the class of the Kookaburras proved too strong, with home town hero Grant Schubert scoring his second goal of the match just minutes before half time.

Things didn’t improve for Malaysia after half time, with young Victorian Chris Ciriello continuing his good form from a recent European tour to convert the Kookaburras’ first penalty corner for the evening.

In a sign of how bad Malaysia’s night was going, the Kookaburras next goal came via a penalty corner shot which although initially stopped by the goalkeeper, somehow still found its way to the back of the net.

Only minutes later the Kookaburras recorded their seventh goal, with Malaysia leaving Jamie Dwyer unchecked in the circle at their peril with the two time player of the year making easy work of his one on one with the goalkeeper.

Despite trailing heavily on the scoreboard Malaysia continued to persist, eventually getting some reward when a well worked ball penetrated the Kookaburras defence at the 62 minute mark.

The Kookaburras responded immediately, with Ciriello scoring his second goal of the night from a penalty corner to seal a convincing victory for the Kookaburras.

The Kookaburras will play Malaysia again in Adelaide on Sunday 26 July before facing off again against Malaysia, Canada and Australia A in Canberra from Wednesday 29 July until Sunday 3 August.

Johor appeal for fair umpiring

JOHOR are confident that they have enough talent to beat hosts Malacca today in the National Under-23 final at the Bukit Serindit Stadium, but they are wary of the umpires.
Johor coach Sarjit Singh (pic), a former national juniors coach, said his charges are prepared to lift the title, provided that umpiring is of high standard.
“I don’t want a repeat of what happened to Kuala Lumpur in the semi-finals. I am appealing for fair umpiring, and my boys will do the rest,” said Sarjit.
Kuala Lumpur were the overwhelming favourites against Malacca in the semi-finals on Friday, but those who watched the match, were shocked with the level of umpiring, which they said sided the hosts.
And at the end of the match, Kuala Lumpur players R. Nadesh and Harwinder Singh, who both played in the recent Junior World Cup, were hauled up to face the technical committee for abusing the umpires.
“I am in the dark as to why both my players have been called up by the technical committee. As far as I know, both the boys did not say anything abusive to the umpires and I was shocked when they were told to face the technical committee at 1pm tomorrow (today).
“Our bronze playoff with Project 2013 is at 3pm, and if we lose both the world cup players, it will be a big blow to KL,” said KL coach I. Vickneswaran.
Johor, with seven Junior World Cup players, are the hot favourites even though the Johor-Malacca group match ended in a 2-2 draw.
“We were leading 2-1 and had control of the match, and even increased the lead to 3-1, but the third goal was disallowed by the umpire even though in my opinion, it was a legitimate one.
“And for the final, I appeal to the umpires to give their best, and leave sentiments aside,” said Sarjit.
Malacca coach G. Ravindran knows the score well: “With so many experienced players in Johor, we will surely be the under dogs. However, we take comfort form the 2-2 draw in the pool match, and hope to post another surprise tomorrow (today).”
TODAY: Final -- Malacca v Johor (5pm); Third-Fourth: Project 2013 v Kuala Lumpur (3pm).