Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup : Australia trounce China 11-0, Hat trick of goals by Blake Gowers
Defending champion Australia went on a scoring spree as it recorded a flattering 11-0 win over debutant China in the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. With this win, Australia ended with a clean record, winning all its three pool games, with a maximum of nine points.
The win was further highlighted by a hat trick of goals by Blake Gowers. It is the second hat trick of the tournament as Hertzberger of Netherlands scored the first one against Malaysia. It may be a mere coincidence that both the hat tricks have been scored against the Asian teams.
At one stage Australia were in the run to erase the highest match score of the World Cup ever but it slackened pace in the second half. Leading 6-0 at the breather, Australia also had the distinction of scoring goals from penalty corners, highest in the current tournament so far. Two of these goals came from Blake Gowers while Aran Zalewski and Jeremy Haywards were other scorers.
Australia had to wait till the ninth minute to get its first goal. It was a video referral that got Australia its first penalty corner from which Blake Gowers set the goal scoring in motion.
Aran Zalewski (15th minute), Tom Vraig (18th minute), Blake Gowers (19th minute), Jeremy Hayward (22nd minute) and Jake Whetton (29th minute) were other scorers for Australia in the first half.
Australia continued to score at will in the second half as well with goals coming from Tim Brand (33rd minute), Blake Gowers (34th minute), Dylan Wotherspoon (38th minute), Ogilive (49th minute) and Tim Brand (55th minute).
China did have a couple of scoring chances. It also got a penalty corner but it could not repeat its earlier performance of holding both England and Ireland to draws.
Man of the match Blake Gowers