Kookaburras coach will be taking nothing for granted
KOOKABURRAS coach Graham Reid says his team will prepare for a tough game against Poland in the World League semi-finals tomorrow morning despite two easy wins in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Belgium.
The Aussies backed up their 10-thrashing of France with a 6-1 win over Pakistan to stay top of Pool A, teenager Blake Govers scoring a double to take his tally to four in two games. Veteran Jamie Dwyer (pictured) also found the net, taking his haul for Australia to 220.
Reid said he was pleased with his team's second half against Pakistan, but not with the way players had eased up after scoring an early goal.
"At half-time we fixed a couple of things. We got our press working a little better. And again tone and energy - that came out. It was much better second half," he said.
Meanwhile, the Hockeyroos also kept their unbeaten record intact, goals from Jodie Kenny and Karri McMahon helping the team beat host Belgium 2-0 to stay second in Pool B.
After four goals against Poland in the opening game, Kenny again got on the scoreboard early, finding the net with a trademark drag flick in the ninth minute.
Belgium had a host of scoring opportunities and the result could have been different but for a string of saves by goalie Ashlee Wells and a brilliant diving deflection by captain Madonna Blyth in her 303rd appearance for the Hockeyroos. Matching the games record held by Nikki Hudson, Blyth was set to pass the mark in the team's match against Pool B leaders New Zealand this morning.