Saturday, December 9, 2023

Olympics Hockey: How Australia match Belgium as best sides in Tokyo

Australia men play Belgium in Olympic hockey final showdown on Thursday as the top ranked sides in the world

Columnist TODD WILLIAMS says Kookaburras have been less insistent on goal chasing in bid for first Olympic title in 17 years

The semi-final win over Germany was one of the most controlled performances I have ever seen by an Australian side. 

They controlled the game and no one expected them to play that way. They outdid Germany at their own game. They got themselves ahead at half-time and, what is unheard of for Australia, then told themselves that they didn’t need to win by five goals. 

They controlled the game. 

A German encounter against Australia is fuelled by Kookaburra exasperation. But it never came and it was fantastic to watch.

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