Kookas go­ing for gold

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

THE Kook­abur­ras have qual­i­fied for to­mor­row’s In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Hockey gold medal match against Ja­pan af­ter a 4-1 win over New Zealand in Mel­bourne on Thurs­day night.

Mel­bourne prod­uct Aaron Klein­schmidt ( above) starred again on home turf with two goals and an as­sist as the Kook­abur­ras con­tin­ued their re­cent dom­i­nance over the Black Sticks, hav­ing won the past five en­coun­ters in­clud­ing last month’s Ocea­nia Cup fi­nal.

Klein­schmidt has scored four goals from two games in the tour­na­ment, af­ter net­ting a dou­ble in Wed­nes­day’s 9-1 win over Pak­istan.

The win means Aus­tralia sits on top of the ta­ble with two wins, while today’s op­po­nents Ja­pan are sec­ond on four points, with New Zealand third on one point and Pak­istan elim­i­nated af­ter two de­feats.

Mean­while, the Hock­ey­roos fought back from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 win over the US. The re­sult means the Hock­ey­roos will qual­ify for the gold medal match to­mor­row if they beat Ja­pan today.

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