Australia defeat Japan at Azlan Shah
The Kookaburras take their fifth win of the series
KOOKABURRAS 3 (2)
Jamie Dwyer 17, 36 (FG, FG)
Blake Govers 30 (PC)
JAPAN 1 (1)
Kentaro Fukuda 37 (PC)
It was 50 caps for Australian Jeremy Hayward in the Kookaburras clash against Japan tonight at the 2016 Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.
It was a slow start to the game, with Japan keeping their defence tight against the Kookaburras, and no goals scored by either team in the first quarter.
Two minutes into the second quarter and Jamie Dwyer managed to dribble past three Japanese defenders to make a reverse stick, scoring the first goal of the match and getting Australia on the scoreboard.
Right at the 30 minute mark and Blake Govers increased Australia’s lead by slotting a penalty corner in past the Japan defence.
After the Kookaburras missed three penalty corners in close succession at the beginning of the third quarter, Jamie Dwyer turned things around by scoring a field goal, and extending Australia’s lead to 3 – 0.
Japan took their chance to fight back, forcing a penalty corner with a flick from Shota Yamada steered past goalkeeper Andrew Charter and into the net by Kentaro Fukuda.
Japan fought hard in the final quarter of the match, successfully defending five chances at penalty corners from the Kookaburras.
Kookaburra’s Head Coach, Graham Reid said: “It was a disappointing game. We talk about testing ourselves against ourselves, and tonight we had patches which were OK and we held our structure, and parts where we were below par.
“We have the match against Canada coming up on Friday, so we need to pick ourselves up as a build towards Rio.”
The Kookaburras next play Canada on Friday at 6.05pm AWST / 8.05pm AEST.
Results & Fixtures, today
NZL 2 – 1 IND
AUS 3 – 1 JPN
PAK - MAS
Kookaburras’ squad v Japan
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT) 107/0
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW) 37/6
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 356/238
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 22/19
Fergus Kavanagh (Gerladton, WA) 221/15
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 280/22
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW) 24/10
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 192/55
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 131/6
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 71/3
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 82/10
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 182/114
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW) 21/17
Matthew Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 148/48
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 50/17
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 267/64
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA) 62/0
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 102/44
Friday 15 April – Kookaburras vs Canada - 6.05pm AWST / 8.05pm AEST
Saturday 16 April - TBC