Victorian Institute of Sport

Kookaburras sweep series over India

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Kookaburras completed a 2-0 Test series sweep over India with a 5-2 victory in Perth on Friday night.

The world number two Kookaburras blitzed India in the first half, racing to a 4-1 half-time lead in front of almost 2,000 fans at Perth Hockey Stadium.

Australia added second quarter goals from a clinical Trent Mitton (24’) finish and a trademark Blake Govers (28’) drag flick.

Tim Brand grabbed the home side’s fifth goal in the 43rd minute before world number five India grabbed a consolation from a Rupinder Singh (53’) drag flick.

Australia had won the first Test 4-0 on Wednesday but Friday’s display was an improved performance, proving more emphatic and ruthless in front of goal.

VIS scholarship holders Johan Durst (GK), Aaron Kleinschmidt and Josh Simmonds featured strongly for the Kookas in the two-game series.

The result provides Australia a confidence boost ahead of the European leg of the FIH Pro League next month, beginning with a clash against Great Britain in London on Sunday 9 June.

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