Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Australia finished their Pool B campaign with a dominating 11-0 win over a hapless China in the ongoing Men’s Hockey World Cup here at Kalinga Stadium on Friday. Blake Govers scored a hat-trick (10th minute, 19th and 34th), Tim Brand (33rd, 55th) scored a brace, while goals from Flynn Ogilvie (49th), Jake Whetton (29th), Aran Zalewski (15th), Tom Craig (16th), Dylan Wotherspoon (38th) and Jeremy Hayward (22nd) helped Australia get their second highest win.
Australia fell short of their own World Cup record of a 12-0 win against South Africa which they set in 2010.
Right from the start, the Australians were on the mark and continued to press their opponent’s defence regularly which resulted in their massive win. China enter cross-overs despite heavy loss to Australia after England beat Ireland.
Ireland crashed out after losing 2-3 to England, handing China a ‘lucky’ berth. Australia topped the pool with an all-win record after thrashing lowly China in a lop-sided affair and remained on course for a hat-trick of titles.
FIH pull up Pak
The world hockey body (FIH) has initiated an inquiry against Pakistan’s assistant coach Danish Kaleem for breaching security protocol, adding to the list of off-field issues plaguing the former champions at the ongoing men’s Hockey World Cup.
Danish has been called for a hearing by the FIH technical delegate on Saturday after he was charged for moving around in the stadium without having his accreditation card during the Pool D match against Malaysia on Wednesday.