13 Oct 2018

Australia take bronze Featured

Australia claimed third place in the Sultan of Johor Cup after an easy 6-1 win over Japan at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.


It was sweet revenge for the defending champions, Australia, as they had lost their opening match to the Japanese 2-1 which ultimately cost them a place in the final.

The match today proved to be lopsided with the Australians controlling play from the start.

Niranjan Gupte and Ben Staines scored a brace for the Australians in the match. 

Niranjan’s goals came in the fifth and 38th minute while Staines was on target in the ninth and 34th minutes.

Niranjan was also named the man-of-the-match.

Other goal scorers for the Australians were in the ninth minute followed by Damon Steffens (17) and Jake Staines (58). Steffens ended the tournament with nine goals.

Japan coach Sakamoto Hiroki was disappointed with the result but felt that they have learned a lesson for Australia, which is a top side in the world.

“It was difficult to come back against a team like Australia when they take a big lead. We played well enough, but many chances were wasted. We are happy with what we have achieved here, and it will help the players gain more experience,” he said.

Australian coach Chris O’Reilly said it was a well-deserved finish with the bronze medal.

“A little disappointed not being in the final. But pleased to beat Japan in the second meeting and we had a good game which saw some good goals. I am happy with what we were able to do here and I am sure the players would have learned a lot form the outings,” he said.

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