Sunday, June 21, 2009


After the semi finals, Australian coach Jason Duff described the 3/4th placing match as a match between two grieving teams.

But at the Johor Bahru Hockey Stadium, despite the steady drizzle, it was far from that.

For Australia were firing on all cylinders as the romped to a 4-1 win over New Zealand.

Australia opened scoring in the 11th minute through Timothy Bates before twin brother Michael Bates scored the second in the 22nd minute.

Timothy scored his second, and Australia’s third in the 27th minute for a halftime lead of 3-0.

New Zealand reduced the deficit in the 48th minute when Joseph Barthmelow converted a penalty corner.

Though Australia were playing with nine men at one stage, with Tristan White shown the red card and Matt Ghodes a yellow, the Kiwis failed to take advantage of the situation.