AUS V POL ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
Australia maintained their 100 per cent win record at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals with a solid win over Poland, putting them top of Pool A at the end of Day 6.
The mighty Kookaburras are now certain of a top two finish in the pool, and need just a draw in Sunday’s match against India to seal first place and set up a quarter-final meeting with the team that finishes fourth in Pool B.With four defeats, Poland have finished bottom of the pool and will face China in the 9-10 classification match on Wednesday 1st July.
The Poles gave the reigning world champions a torrid time in the first two quarters of a fiercely competitive and physical game. Poland’s penalty corner star Pavel Bratkowski brought a fine save from Aussie shot-stopper Andrew Charter, with Jacob Whetton forcing a wonderful stick save from Poland’s inspired goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski, who made an incredible 23 saves during the match.
The opening goal arrived in the 10th minute when Kieran Govers smashed home a blistering strike following a blocked penalty corner flick from Kieran’s younger brother Blake. Whetton doubled the advantage after half time before Blake Govers and Simon Orchard completed the scoring.
“They put the fight to us today and we knew that was what we were going to get because they had a really good game against Pakistan”, said Jacob Whetton immediately after the match. “It was a tough fight but we ground it out in the end.”
Looking ahead to their Pool A decider against India, Whetton said: “It’s been a really good battle with them over the last twelve to eighteen months, and they have improved their hockey out of sight. We are really looking forward to what will be big game ahead of the quarter-finals.”
- Match 16
- Date Fri, 26 Jun 2015
- Time 20:00
- Venue KHC Dragons