Pakistan Hockey faces worst ever defeat of the history

Pakistan Hockey faces worst ever defeat of the history

LAHORE – Pakistan were ripped apart by the hosts Australia in their first match of the International Festival of Hockey at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre, said a PHF media release.

The record four time World Champions’ 1-9 defeat is their worst ever in international hockey. Holland had defeated Pakistan 9-2 at the 2006 Champions Trophy in Terrassa, Spain.

Australia, the reigning world champions, dominated the proceedings almost throughout; at times they toyed with the opponents.

Blake Govers’ hat trick included two off penalty corners, and a memorable field goal. Aaron Kleinschmidt had a brace each.

The Kookaburras first goal came in the eighth minute off the first penalty corner. An excellent top of the circle drill baffled the defence and Hayward put his team ahead.

Within four minutes, Whetton doubled the advantage. After robbing a defender, he entered the circle from the left, immediately swerved and with the tomahawk rattled the board.

First half’s last goal came off a wonderful Whetton assist. His inch perfect ball from circle’s top beat a crowded defence and Kleinschmidt, easily scored from the middle of the scoring area.

In the first 30 minutes, Pakistan had just one open play attempt when Arslan Qadir’s full stretch effort eluded the target. They also wasted one PC.