Olympics: Kookaburras Hub

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

Match 1 vs Japan

The world no. 1 Kookaburras being pitted against world no. 15 Japan should've seen a cruisy start to their Olympic campaign. But that was far from the case in the come-from-behind 5-3 victory


In depth report > Kookaburras survive major scare from host nation



Match 2 vs India

The Kookaburras produced a far more convincing display second-up, annihilating world no. 4 India 7-1 in a result that should spark their hunt for gold.


Blake Govers scored a double, while Daniel Beale, Jeremy Hayward, Flynn Ogilvie, Josh Beltz and Tim Brand got their names on the scoresheet.


The Kookaburras next fixture is against Argentina at 9:30am AEST on Tuesday morning.




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Match 3 vs Argentina

The Kookaburras are hitting their straps in Tokyo, remaining undefeated through three games following a 5-2 victory over Argentina.


The Australian camp would've been uneasy having trailed 1-0 for most of the first quarter, but Blake Govers penalty corner goal on the cusp of quarter time quelled those concerns.


And from there, it was a one-sided contest, with Australia piling on three second quarter goals on the way to the eventual 5-2 victory. Govers finished with a double, and has been a standout player.


The Kookaburras are in action again tomorrow from 10:15pm AEST against New Zealand.



Match 4 vs New Zealand

The Kookaburras were pushed by New Zealand, but they reigned supreme, triumphing 4-2.


Tim Brand opened Australia's account early, but the Blacksticks replied on the cusp of quarter-time to even things up at 1-1.


The deadlock remained until the final term - and as is a theme with this Kookaburras side - when they scored, they scored in a flurry.


The Kiwis nabbed a consolation goal in the dying stages, but it was too little too late.


Brand finished with a double, while another goal from the man with the hot-stick Blake Govers saw his tournament tally move up to six. Govers is zeroing in on the record for most goals by a Kookaburra at the Olympics, which is eight.


You can next catch the Kookaburras at 11am AEST on Friday morning when they clash with Spain.



Match 5 vs Spain

The first blemish of the Kookaburras tournament, and it was minor. A 1-1 draw with Spain.


They head into the quarter finals with four wins under their belt, and they'll face the Netherlands at 1:00pm AEST on Sunday.



Quarter Final vs Netherlands

The Kookaburras have kept their gold medal dreams alive, scarping past the Netherlands after the match was forced to a penalty shootout.


With the game 2-2 at the end of allocated time, the Netherlands looked to be in the box seat to spring an upset having scored the equaliser in the last quarter and grasped the momentum.


But Australia held their nerve in the penalty shootout, largely thanks to goalie Andrew Charter, who didn't concede as his side prevailed 3-0.


The semi-final will take place at 8:00pm AEST on Tuesday night.



Semi Final vs Germany

Australia have guaranteed a silver medal at worst, downing Germany 3-1 in their semi-final.


Tim Brand put the Kookaburras ahead early, but the advantage didn't last long with match tied up at 1-1 heading into quarter-time.


Blake Govers enhanced Australia's lead with a goal in the second quarter, and Lachlan Sharp sealed the result with a late effort.


The Kookaburras will go for gold at 8:00pm AEST on Thursday night.



Gold Medal Match vs Belgium

Gold continues to elude the Kookaburras, but they won their first silver since 1992 following a shattering penalty shootout defeat.


With the match evenly posied at half-time, Belgium opened the scoring with a third quarter goal.


Tom Wickham levelled things up late for Australia, forcing the match to a penalty shootout.


Belgian keeper Vincent Vanasch proved the difference, as his side prevailed 3-2 in the shootout.




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