Australia 4 defeated India 1
Goals: AUS - Troy Elder FG 7m, Matt Naylor FG 11m FG 40m, Luke Doerner PC 64m; IND - Tejbir Singh PC 23m
Hockey Australia: The Kookaburras have opened their Azlan Shah title defence with a 4-1 win over
In tough conditions the Kookaburras outclassed
The Kookaburras controlled the match from the outset with Hopkins and Wells dominating in defence, the midfield continually taking advantage of the rebound, sending the ball into the circle.
Statistics describe a close match with
Troy Elder successfully returned to the Kookaburras' side with a field goal in the seventh minute, four minutes later Matt Naylor made it 2-0 when he scored his first of two for the match.
After the break Naylor scored his second field goal before severe rain and lightening stopped play for twenty minutes. When play resumed Doerner put the result beyond doubt with one of his lightning bolt penalty corner drag flicks to give the Kookaburras a 4-1 win.
The win was made even sweeter with the debut of Victorian midfielder Russell Ford.
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