Double strikes from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Kookaburras a resounding 4-1 win over rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks in Perth on Thursday night in the first of two test.
Black Sticks Men’s captain Dean Couzins will play his 300th test, when the Kookaburras and New Zealand meet again in the second and final Test in Perth on Saturday evening, 7pm AWST / 9pm AEST. The match will be live streamed via the Hockey Australia website at hockey.org.au.
A late brace from Whetton was no less than he or the Kookaburras deserved after first half goals from New South Wales’ Orchard, whose terrific solo effort just before half time gave the Kookaburras valuable breathing space at 2-0. Whetton’s first was a superb tomahawk strike from the narrowest of angles after rounding the Kiwi goalkeeper Hamish McGregor while his second was a simple finish at the back post after excellent set-up play by Russell Ford on his 150th appearance.
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