India claim game one in Bendigo

India claim game one in Bendigo

Defeat Kookaburras 3 - 2

Author: Holly MacNeil/Tuesday, 29 November 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsKookaburras

Matt Willis 36 (FG) 
Trent Mitton 43 (FG) 

INDIA 3 (2)
Yousaf Affan 19, 19 (FG, FG)  
Raghunath Vokkaliga 44 (PC) 

Australia took on India tonight in the first of a two-game test at the Bendigo Hockey Centre, with the visitors taking the game 3 – 2 after Yousaf Affan scored a double in the 19th minute putting the Kookaburras on the back foot.

Australia started well with two penalty corner attempts within the first four minutes, Chris Bausor going for the first and Jeremy Hayward for the second. India’s defence were on point, and blocked the attempts immediately. 

India were next up with three minutes to go in the quarter, but the injection went long and they struggled to recover with the ball changing direction. The action-packed quarter saw another penalty corner opportunity for Australia, but going into quarter time the score remained nil - all.

India attacked with passion in the second quarter, with forward Yousaf Affan giving India the lead with a field goal at the 19th minute, only to double it with a second field goal seconds later. India continued to press, leaving the Kookaburras struggling to get the ball down to their attacking circle.

Coming back from the half time break and the Kookaburras had some chasing to do. In the 36th minute of play a scramble in the Australian circle and some team work from Daniel Beale and Matt Willis saw Willis get the Kookaburras on the board with a crafty field goal sneaking in past Akash Chikte. 

With two minutes to go in the quarter Trent Mitton scored the equaliser with a field goal, but it wasn’t to be an even playing field for long. Indian captain Raghunath Vokkaliga came through to score a penalty corner and reclaim the lead for his team.

The final quarter saw the Kookaburras fighting to come back but it wasn’t to be, and India took out the first game of the test 3 – 2.

Kookaburras interim head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “I wasn’t satisfied with the performance at all. The performance corresponded to the result. We weren’t switched on, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half, we just couldn’t take them. They had four circle penetrations in the first half and we only had two. So really it just wasn’t good enough - we weren’t switched on and ready to play. 

“Consistency at this level is what we’re chasing and that’s the challenge for a young group as well and we didn’t hit the mark today. The boys know that now, and we need to make sure we’re up for tomorrow.”

The Kookaburras and India have the second and final game in the test tomorrow at 6.30pm AEDT. 

Kookaburras squad v India
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA) 22/2
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 95/16
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD) 6/0
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT) 121/0
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW) 7/0
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 68/22
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 101/39
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW) 42/12
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC) 8/0
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 113/47
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 85/6

Used Substitutes 
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD) 6/1
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW) 61/8
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC) 7/0
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC) 8/2
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 85/6
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW) 15/2

Unused Substitutes 
Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA) 30/0