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Improving Kookaburras pick up the pace

Improving Kookaburras pick up the pace

Dwyer hat-trick and two from Rusty Ford do the damage against Malaysia

Author: Lawrence West/Friday, 18 October 2013/Categories: News

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Jamie Dwyer 6, 19, 34 (PC, PC, F)
Russell Ford 20, 40 (PC, PC) 
Liam De Young 14 (PC)
Aran Zalewski 18 (F)
Simon Orchard 30 (F)


The Kookaburras notched their first victory of the International Super Series, 8-0, but it didn’t always come fluently against a plucky Malaysia. Queenslander Jamie Dwyer scored a hat-trick as the Australians were lethal from the penalty corner, converting five chances.

Aran Zalewski’s goal in the 18th minute was the beginning of an irresistible Kookaburras run of play that showed what the side is capable of. He noticed the improvement from the 4-all draw on Thursday night against Argentina.

“Finishing for one [was better], we got four goals yesterday and eight today is obviously a big improvement.

“We moved the ball a bit quicker around the field instead of running it, with our quality basics and quality skills,” Zalewski said.

Captain Dwyer, carving through the defence to draw a penalty, slotted home after the feed off from Eddie Ockenden. 

The penalty corner became the Kookaburras’ weapon of choice with Liam de Young making it two-nil in a beautifully produced set piece.

Izwan Firdaus provided a spark for the men in blue, skipping past Rob Hammond just outside his defensive 23m to dash down the other end and keep Malaysia in an attacking frame of mind.

However, Malaysia couldn’t ward off the Australian men who were scintillating in the last three minutes of the first half to blow the game out.

22 year old Zalewski, just inside the goal circle on the right, spectacularly tomahawked one into the left hand corner. Dwyer wanted to join the fresh-faced West Australian on the highlights reel and added another reverse-stick offer, also into the top left.

As time expired on the half the Kookaburras had cracked it open, their fourth penalty corner converted, with a slick move finished off by Russell Ford to bust it out to 5-0.

Malaysia kept up the harassment of their opponents who were not always in top gear despite the contradiction of the scoreboard.

It took until ten minutes into the second half for the next score with Simon Orchard netting his second of the Hockey 9s tournament.

Dwyer’s hat-trick came from the tightest of angles, on the left and somehow shooting across Malay ‘keeper Kairulnizam Ibrahim into the right side of the goals.

Ford gave the fans the cherry on the top with another expert corner right on full time.

The Kookaburras take on Pakistan in their final pool match on Saturday, getting underway at 2:05pm AWST.

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