AUS V FRA ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

10 - 0

Match Review AUS - FRA 10-0

Reigning world champions Australia sent out a clear statement of intent in their first match of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals, surging to a 10-0 triumph over Pool A opponents France. Striker siblings Kieran and Blake Govers both scored twice in the rout, with Chris Ciriello, Jamie Dwyer, Matt Gohdes, Simon Orchard, Jacob Whetton and Eddie Ockenden also contributing.

The pick of the goals came from Gohdes, who started and finished a slick passing move with an audacious chip that sailed over the head of onrushing goalkeeper Martin Zylbermann and just under the crossbar.

It was a typically impressive display from Australia and was the perfect way to mark one of their player milestones, with Fergus Kavanagh enjoying that familiar winning feeling on the occasion of his 200th international appearance.

Australia’s Matthew Swann was feeling good about his teams display, saying: “It was a really great way to start. We felt that we’d put in a lot of hard training sessions and I think physically we are very well prepared for the tournament.”

“It was tough and we are not really happy about our performance, but Australia are the best in the world”, said France’s Hugo Genestet. “We have more important matches coming up and we have to focus on getting some results from those.”

Just as Australia’s women did earlier in the day, the Kookaburras wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Jackson Tudhope, a talented young hockey player from South Australia who tragically lost his life in a car accident last week. 

Match Officials

Role Official
  • Match 05
  • Date Sun, 21 Jun 2015
  • Time 18:00
  • Pool/Class
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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