Hayward scores winner against New Zealand


NTIS supported Hockey athlete Jeremy Hayward scored the winning goal against New Zealand in game 3 of the World League Semi-Finals.

The Kookaburras won their third pool game in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. They came back from being one down to defeat the New Zealand Black Sticks 2 – 1, for their third win of the tournament.

New Zealand were the first to score, coming out after the half time break with Jared Panchia scoring a field goal in the 39th minute of play, giving the Black Sticks a one goal advantage. With seven minutes of play remaining it was Australia’s turn with Jeremy Edwards scoring a penalty corner to take the game to a 1-1 deadlock.

In the final minute of regulation play a penalty corner goal from Jeremy Hayward gave the Kookaburras the lead for the first time in the game and ultimately the 2-1 win over New Zealand.

Kookaburras head coach Colin Batch said: “We fell behind in the third quarter and came back to score two goals in the last quarter; we weren’t at our best tonight. New Zealand started very confidently which made it a tight, tough game.”

The Kookaburras next play Japan on Monday 17 July at 6pm AWST / 8pm AEST.

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