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The third day of competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games witnessed four men’s matches, with the mighty Kookaburras marking their arrival in the tournament with a 9-0 win over Scotland in New Delhi.

The Kookaburras were in scintillating form on Wednesday, overwhelming the Scots with five goals in the first half and four in the second. Penalty corner expert Luke DOERNER scored a hat-trick for the reigning world champions, while Chris CIRIELLO (2), Rob HAMMOND, Trent MITTON, Simon ORCHARD and Des ABBOTT all contributed to an emphatic score-line.

It was a perfect start to Australia’s Group A campaign, moving them level on points with Pakistan ahead of The Green Shirts' evening meeting with Malaysia. Pakistan, coached by Dutchman Michel van den HEUVEL, continued their good form at the tournament by claiming a 4-1 victory, ensuring that they remain well in contention for a Semi Final berth. Muhammad IMRAN opened the scoring with a 17th minute penalty corner before Muhamad Amin RAHIM levelled just before the break in similar fashion. However, Pakistan scored three times without reply in the second half, with Shakeel ABBASI, Rehan BUTT and Muhamad WAQAS all finding the target from open play.

Like Australia, Champions Trophy finalists England were another team playing their first match of the competition, being comfortable 4-0 winners over Trinidad and Tobago. Simon MANTELL netted twice in the first half before a penalty corner flick from Ashley JACKSON rattled the cage three minutes into the second period. The scoring was completed by Alastair BROGDON, who scored from open play with 12 minutes of the match remaining.

The day’s other Group B match saw New Zealand get the better of South Africa, with the Black Sticks emerging as 4-2 winners to stay at the top of the table. Goals from Hayden SHAW and Phil BURROWS established a 2-0 advantage inside ten minutes, but Lloyd NORRIS-JONES pulled a goal back with a 15th minute field goal. New Zealand moved into a 4-1 lead before half time thanks to Stephen JENNESS and Nick WILSON, with South Africa grabbing a late consolation when Justin REID-ROSS scored a penalty corner.  Even at this early stage in the competition, it would appear that New Zealand and England are looking likely Semi Finalists.

Wednesday also witnessed two matches in the women’s competition, with England claiming their second successive win of the Commonwealth Games by defeating Group B opponents Canada 4-1. In Group A, Australia managed to force a narrow win against host nation India to keep their 100% win record intact, with Shelly LIDDELOW and Megan RIVERS scoring a goal apiece in a 2-1 triumph. 

Four matches will take place in the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium on Thursday, with the women’s teams of Scotland and Trinidad & Tobago (Group A) taking to the field in the first match of the day. This is followed by meetings between Wales and Malaysia (Women’s Group B) and Canada and England (Men’s Group B).  The final match of the day will surely draw a huge crowd, as host nation India take on the mighty Kookaburras of Australia. To see the full schedule, please click here. 
 
All official tournament information including match sheets, starting line-ups, tables and scorers can be found on the Commonwealth Games Results Website by clicking here.