Hayward stars in World League Gold medal win


Goals from youngsters Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson earned the Kookaburras their maiden World League Men's Hockey crown with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Raipur, India.

Man of the Match Hayward’s unstoppable shot into the top right corner early in the second quarter put Australia’s men in front before Dawson’s drag flick doubled their advantage midway through the third period. Simon Gougnard scored a consolation goal for the Red Lions with an overtime penalty corner rebound. 22 year-old defender Hayward opened the scoring immediately following the quarter time break. Having found a Belgian foot just outside the circle he maximised the advantage played by the umpire to tee up a half volley, unleashing an unstoppable shot across goal and into the far top corner. It was his fourth goal of the tournament, leaving him as Australia’s leading scorer in Raipur.

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