|December 6th, 2011|
|11||Pool A||4:05pm||AUS - PAK||6 - 1 (2 - 0)||Final||x 14|
Dwyer hits hat-trick as Australia thrash Pakistan
Australia 6-1 Pakistan
Australia made it three wins out of three with their biggest ever Champions Trophy victory over Pakistan here on day three at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy. 2011 FIH Player of the Year nominees Jamie Dwyer and Eddie Ockenden were amongst the scorers, with Dwyer helping himself to a hat-trick to take his tournament tally to six. The Kookaburras will go into next phase as winners of Pool A, and will take some stopping in the Championship stages.
Dwyer opened the scoring the 22nd minute of the match when his speculative cross within the circle was inadvertently diverted into his own net by Pakistan keeper Salman Akbar. Their advantage was doubled four minutes from the end of the half when Eddie Ockenden lashed home a powerful reverse stick effort to provide some breathing space.
Australia blasted out of the blocks in the second half, laying siege to the Pakistan goal. Luke Doerner brought a good save from Akbar from a penalty corner, but when a second was awarded Doerner sent his effort just inside the right post to give Australia a 3-0 lead. Jamie Dwyer then claimed his second of the game with a sublime touch on a cross from the left before completing his hat-trick was a calm finish from close range. Mark Patterson crashed home a sixth from a tight angle before Pakistan scored a consolation goal in the 6th minute thanks to a penalty corner from Muhammad Zubair.
Australia - Pakistan 6-1 - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Australia recorded their biggest win over Pakistan in a world level event: 6-1.
> Australia and Spain progress to Pool C. Pakistan and GB play for 5-8 in Pool D.
> Jamie Dwyer scored his first CT hat-trick. He became the first Australian to do so since Grant Schubert scored 3 goals in a 7-2 win over the Netherlands in 2009.
> Jamie Dwyer lifted his total to 6 goals in 3 games at Auckland 2011. At last year's CT, the tournament the top scorers scored only 5 goals.
> The last time Pakistan conceded 6 goals in a CT match was in 2006, when they suffered their biggest defeat in CT history going down 9-2 vs Netherlands.
> Australia are now on 13 goals. Only Spain have scored more (14).
> Australia converted 1 of 5 PCs in this match and are now on 3 for 14 in the tournament.
> Pakistan scored 1 of 2 PCs today and are now on 3 for 9 at Auckland 2011.
Australia - Pakistan (6 Dec 2011, 16:05) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
>Australia have won their last 2 CT encounters with Pakistan and are unbeaten in their last 4 since losing 2-0 to Pakistan at Cologne 2002.
> Their last CT encounter came in 2007, when Australia won 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur.
> Last October, Australia beat Pakistan twice at the Tri Nations tournament in India involving Australia, Pakistan and India winning 3-1 and 8-2 (with a Kieran Govers hat-trick).
> In May, Australia beat Pakistan twice at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, winning 5-1 in the 1st Round and 3-2 in the final.
> Australia are already qualified for Pool C, taking with them 3 points from Pool A.
> Australia are ranked 1st in the world. They are the reigning Champions Trophy and World champions.
> Australia aim to become the first team to win four successive Champions Trophy titles.
> Jamie Dwyer tops the goalscorer list after Day 2 on 3 goals (all from open play).
> Australia and New Zealand have scored most goals after Day 2 (7).
> The Kookaburras have converted 2 of 9 penalty corners awarded (22%)
> Australia are yet to concede a penalty corner goal (8 PCs have been awarded to their opponents).
> Pakistan will play in Pool D for place 5-8.
> 3-time Champions Trophy winners Pakistan finished 7th (of 8) at their last CT tournament in 2007.
> Pakistan have scored 3 goals so far scored by Sohail Abbas (PC), Shakeel Abbasi (FG) and Muhammad Imran (PC).
> Pakistan are on 2 for 7 in terms of penalty corners converted (28%).
> Pakistan and New Zealand have seen most penalty corners been awarded against them after Day 2 (12)
> Pakistan conceded 4 goals from (12) penalty corners so far this tournament.
> Sohail Abbas is on 41 CT goals, including 37 PC goals. Only Taeke Taekema has converted more penalty corners in CT competition (42 PC goals).