Pakistan have been ripped aside by hosts Australia of their first match of the Worldwide Pageant of Hockey at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre.
The 1-9 defeat is Pakistan’s worst-ever in its hockey historical past. Pakistan’s earlier worst got here when Holland defeated Pakistan 9-2 on the 2006 Champions Trophy in Terrassa, Spain. The group are a report 4-time World Champions.
Australia, the reigning world champions, dominated the proceedings virtually all through the sport.
Blake Govers, who scored a hat-trick, took two objectives off penalty corners and a mesmerising subject aim. Aaron Kleinschmidt had a brace for Australia.
The Kookaburras’ first aim got here within the eighth minute, off their first penalty nook, when a superb prime of the circle drill baffled Pakistan’s defence and Hayward put his workforce forward.
Inside 4 minutes, Whetton doubled the benefit. After robbing a defender, he entered the circle from the left, instantly swerved and rattled the board.
The primary half’s final objective got here off an exquisite Whetton help. His inch good ball from the circle’s prime beat a crowded defence and Kleinschmidt simply scored from the center of the scoring space.
Within the first half-hour, Pakistan had only one open play try, when Arslan Qadir’s full stretch effort eluded the goal. Additionally they wasted one penalty nook with the rating at three-zero on the finish of the primary half.
Two minutes into the second half, Abubakr introduced a glimmer of hope for Pakistan when his forceful flick went excessive into the web off Pakistan’s second penalty nook.
Nevertheless, inside a minute, the Aussies restored the three aim lead: Kleinschmidt had his second of the night with an outstanding first time reverse-hander from the left of circle’s edge which went into the roof of the far internet.
Govers made it 5-1 with a penalty nook conversion with a flat forceful push.
Although Australia had a lot of the exchanges within the third quarter of the sport, it nonetheless was the inexperienced shirts’ greatest quarter-hour of the sport. That they had open play alternatives and a few penalty corners, and scored off one in every of them.
Pakistan’s sloppy defending appeared to be theme of the day however within the final quarter, it utterly melted away and conceded 4 extra objectives.
Arunasalam dived to avail a parallel cross despatched from left earlier than Govers scored probably the most memorable objective of the day.
Standing on the left aspect of the circle, the physique feinted the defence and netted the ball, discovering the narrowest of the slender gaps between the close to submit and the web minder, multi functional motion.
Quickly, a reverse shot by Govers, throughout the face of the aim, was nicely flicked into the aim by Wickham.
Govers accomplished the tally and in addition his hat-trick within the final minute when his exhausting low push went previous goalkeeper Amjad’s left pad, off one other penalty nook.
Within the 4-nation occasion, Pakistan play Japan — which held a robust New Zealand aspect 1-1 of their final match — on Thursday.
Australia: Blake Govers (three), Aaron Kleinschmidt (2), Jeremy Hayward, Jake Whetton, Kiran Arunasalam, Tom Wickham
Pakistan: Abubakr Mahmood
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