The Kookaburras have again sent an ominous warning to their opposition at the upcoming ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy, demolishing Belgium 10-3 in Belgium.
With the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy beginning this Saturday in Germany, this match against Belgium was the perfect preparation for the Kookaburras who are looking to win their third Champions Trophy in a row.
Despite having a young team, with coach Ric Charlesworth opting to leave a number of veterans at home in order to develop his squad, the Kookaburras were simply dominant against Belgium.
Having five times as many circle penetrations and 22 more shots on goal, the Kookaburras were in control from the opening whistle and showed consistency to score five goals in each half. Des Abbott showed why he is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, scoring four goals while Luke Doerner and Jason Wilson scored two each.
Chris Ciriello and Trent Mitton were the other goal scorers, while Eddie Ockenden, Fergus Kavanagh and Simon Orchard were amongst the Kookaburras best players.
Belgium-Australia 3-10 (2-5)
Australian Goals – Des Abbott 4, Luke Doerner 2, Jason Wilson 2, Chris Ciriello 1, Trent Mitton 1
Source: Hockey Australia
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