Jacob Anderson fired an outstanding hat-trick as Australia hammered Nice Britain 6-1 to guide their place within the last of hockey’s Professional League Grand Ultimate within the Netherlands on Friday.
The highest-seeded Kookaburras placed on a ruthless show in Amstelveen as they matched their Hockeyroos counterparts in reaching the gold medal match – the ladies’s workforce having crushed two-time world champions Argentina of their semi-final on Thursday.
Nice Britain took the lead when Ashley Jackson flicked in from a penalty after 5 minutes.
However Anderson then served up a surprising three-goal burst inside 5 minutes as Commonwealth champions Australia took a agency grip on proceedings.
And second-half targets from Jeremy Hayward – who was additionally inexperienced carded for a bodycheck on Briton Harry Martin – Blake Govers and Tim Model sealed a complete win.
Australia will now play both Belgium or the Netherlands in Sunday’s last, leaving Kookaburras coach Colin Batch proud.
“Extraordinarily proud of the efficiency tonight – to win a semi last in any competitors is a good achievement,” he stated.
“We rebounded nicely after an early objective in opposition to, reveals the combating high quality of our workforce. We have to get better nicely now and put together for our subsequent match.”
In the meantime, the Hockeyroos will face world champions the Netherlands – coached by former Australian worldwide and double Olympic gold medallists Alyson Annan – of their Grand Ultimate on Saturday.
The Dutch battled again from a objective right down to defeat Germany 2-1 of their semi-final on Thursday however will probably be cautious understanding the Aussies stay the one workforce to beat them on this season’s Professional League fixtures.