Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Hockey’s greatest goals: Reliving an Australia special

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

In June 2014, Australia handed out a hockey drubbing to England at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, which included a special goal from Australian Kieran Govers. Here, The Hockey Paper speaks to the main protagonists (as well as some England players) from their June 7 match.

The Kookaburras were a feared outfit under former coach Ric Charlesworth. They used to start in fifth gear and snaffle any opponents’ plans right from the outset. In a men’s World Cup pool stage match against England at the Kyocera Stadium, Matt Gohdes scored after just 25 seconds and further goals by Liam De Young, Jamie Dwyer saw Australia cruise into a 3-0 lead well before half-time.

George Pinner, England goalkeeper: “That Australian team has to go down as one of the best hockey teams ever. That was their game. They always came out aggressively and you knew it would come. It’s the same in any sport, be it rugby or cricket…

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