Hayward’s goal boosts Kookaburras into World Cup semi final

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NTIS supported athlete Jeremy Hayward scored the opening goal in Australia’s 3-0 win over France in the World Cup quarter final.

Reigning champions Australia have progressed to the 2018 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup semi-final, with a dominant 3-0 victory over France in their quarter-final, in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday night. First-half drag flicks from Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers put the world number one Kookaburras in control at half-time against France, who are ranked 20th in the world.

Man-of-the-match Aran Zalewski sealed the win in the third quarter, rounding out a fine penalty corner variation with a cool finish. Australia earned the victory, winning all key statistics with 23-17 circle penetrations, 6-4 shots and 5-1 penalty corners, with three of those converted by the Kookaburras. The result means Australia will play either hosts India or the Netherlands in the semi-final on Saturday night

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