Hayward and Kookaburras win World Cup bronze


NTIS supported athlete Jeremy Hayward scored two goals to help Australia claim the bronze medal, at the 2018 Hockey World Cup, with an emphatic 8-1 victory over England in Sunday’s third place match in Bhubaneswar, India.

Top-ranked Australia hit back, after Saturday’s disappointing semi-final shootout defeat to the Netherlands, with an impressive display where Tom Craig netted a hat-trick. Craig scored twice while Blake Govers also netted as the Kookaburras raced to a 3-0 half-time lead, before scoring three goals inside five minutes early in the third period. Jeremy Hayward netted two late drag flicks from penalty corners to complete the rout and provide some consolation for the Kookaburras.

Australia heads home from the World Cup with their fifth bronze medal, but their first since 1994, having lifted the trophy in both 2010 and 2014. The Kookaburras are next in action at the inaugural FIH Pro League, on Saturday 2 February, against semi-final conquerors Netherlands in Melbourne.

Australia 8 (Govers 8’, Craig 9’, 19’, 35’, Mitton 32’, Brand 34’, Hayward 57’ and 60’ minute)
England 1 (Middleton 45’ minute).

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