Jamie Dwyer and team-mates celebrate an Australian goal.
Jamie Dwyer and team-mates celebrate an Australian goal.

Rocky trio star in win

ROCKHAMPTON'S terrific trio starred in what proved to be another comfortable victory for Australia.

Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Ghodes all contributed to the Kookaburras' 5-0 demolition of Spain.

Russell Ford opened the scoring with an easy tap-in goal from 1m after Knowles found him with an accurate pass 10 minutes into the game.

The match was then interrupted by a shoulder injury to Spain's Pol Amat after he collided with Aussie Dwyer.

Amat left the field with the assistance of teammates and it was the Aussies who were the quickest to focus following the interruption.

Matthew Butturini doubled his side's advantage on the 20-minute mark before Eddie Ockenden went close with a shot that hit the post after half an hour. The Aussies went into the halftime break with a comfortable 3-0 lead after Simon Orchard converted a Gohdes' pass into a goal.

Spain's first real attempt at goal didn't come until the second half of the match and Aussie goalkeeper Nathan Burgers proved more than up to the task of maintaining a clean sheet.

Glenn Turner doubled his London Games' tally with a goal 10 minutes into the second half. With a comfortable 4-0 lead, the Aussies took their foot off the pedal until Spain attempted to stage a late fightback with just five minutes remaining on the clock.

Sensing the Spaniards' desire to trouble the scorers, the Aussies matched their rivals' efforts with an increase of their own.

With two minutes remaining in the match the Aussies put pressure on the Spanish defence - recording two penalty corners before Eddie Ockenden scored Australia's fifth goal.

The determination of the Kookaburras didn't subside despite the clocking ticking down and the team continued to pressure their opponents.

While Rockhampton-born Dwyer didn't score a goal in last night's match, he certainly has proved his playing potential already at the Olympics, scoring a hat-trick in Monday night's game.

The 33-year-old equalled Australia's all-time record as the Kookaburras' highest goal scorer, according to Hockey Australia.

The Kookaburras will face Argentina on Friday afternoon (Australian time) and still have Great Britain and Pakistan to play before reaching the finals.



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