Australia victorious in the first Lanco International Super Series 9s Championship

Both the Australian men and women finish first in the new Lanco Super Series 9s Tournament.

The Kookaburras defeated their neighbours New Zealand 5-3 in the final and the Hockeyroos beat India 4-1 in the final in Perth.

The new tournament rules included having only 9 players per side, bigger goals and more relaxed rules on stick and foot violations which tested all the teams but the Hockeyroos managed to adapt the best.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said he believed the new tournament was a success, with the new rules creating more exciting play. 

“They were learning how to play this form of the game and certainly our last performance was our best one which is what we like to see, the progression through the tournament and I’m really happy to get a result in the grand final and at 4-1 it was a good performance.

I think it’s an exciting form of the game and we need to embrace it. I think that in the future we will see it become very popular with the crowds and that’s what we need to promote our sport,” said Commens.

Eddie Ockenden, captain in the final, looks forward to more matches like this in the future.  “We played some great hockey and it was very competitve amongst all teams.

“We like fast, attacking hockey and hope that we continue to play more hockey like this as we get ready for London in 2012,” Ockenden said.

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth he is pleased the rules introduced allowed for a more open and attacking style of play, dubbing the tournament a success.

“I think it has been a success and enjoyable to play. The players have enjoyed it. The goalkeepers have been brought more into the play which is a good thing. If you look at the stats, we are generating the same amount of chances in this form of the game than what we would usually get in a full 70 minutes in a regular game so there is a lot of action,” said Charlesworth.