Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

AUS V ESP ( Pool A, Pool C ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

3 - 2

Match Review AUS - ESP 3-2

Dwyer double gives Austalia victory against Spain
Pool A - Australia 3-2 Spain

Two goals from Australian superstar Jamie Dwyer helped the Kookaburras claim a 3-2 victory against Spain in a hugely entertaining opening match at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand.  

Australia began the first half with a clear intent of asserting their authority over a Spanish team that has struggled for form in recent months. It took the Kookaburras just over ten seconds to win the first penalty corner of the match, but the attempted drag-flick from Chris Ciriello failed to trouble Spain keeper Francisco Cortez. Despite this chance, it was Spain that went closest to opening the scoring through Roc Oliva, who rattled the frame of the goal with a smart deflection.

Kookaburras captain Jamie Dwyer gave his team the lead in the tenth minute, slotting home from close range after some smart play from Eddie Ockenden down the right. Although Australia were fully deserving of their lead, the Spanish had already shown glimpses that they were more than capable of giving their illustrious opponents a run for their money.   They hit back with two goals in less than three first half minutes, both of which were the result of Australia losing possession in their own half. Gabriel Dabanch pulled Spain level with a chipped finish from a tight angle before Edi Tubau burst into the circle before crashing a fierce strike into the bottom left corner to turn the match on its head.

Australia were rattled, but regained their composure and hit back early in the second half. Again it was that man Jamie Dwyer, with the brilliant attacker showing exactly why he is a four time winner of the FIH Player of the Year award when he flicked into the roof of the Spanish net.

Spain’s Tubau almost re-established the lead for his team when he weaved his way into the circle before forcing a superb save from Australia keeper Andrew Charter. It proved to be a pivotal moment in the match, as Australia went in search of the winning goal. With six minutes of the match remaining, Spain conceded a penalty corner which was eventually dispatched by Des Abbott who slammed a loose ball into the roof of the goal. Spain rallied hard in the dying minutes of the match, but Ric Charlesworth’s team held on to secure victory. 

  • Match 01
  • Date Sat, 3 Dec 2011
  • Time 12:05
  • Pool/Class Pool A, Pool C
  • Venue

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