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Canada falls to Kookaburras in Australia

July 30, 2009 | Field Hockey Canada |

Canada’s Loss to the Kookaburras is Full of Positives

July 30, 2009

The score line reading 4-0 for the Kookaburras does not do justice to Canada’s efforts on Thursday.  Unlike their performance against Australia A one day prior, Canada had a great start, dominating early, and the Aussies appeared visibly disgruntled at having play dictated by the opposition.

A stellar performance by goaltender David Carter in his first action of the tournament would only frustrate the Australians further, as he made several key saves early on, including two stops off penalty corners in the sixth and eleventh minutes of the first half.  Unfortunately, despite playing well for most of the half, two quick goals in the 29th and 35th minute would send a deflated Canadian side to the dressing room.  Second half scoring was rounded out on a stroke by Grant Schubert in the 48th minute and a reverse stick corner in the 53rd.

While probably deserving of the shutout on Wednesday, Canada’s offense performed much better on Thursday, and they were worthy of at least one goal.  Peter Short played a marvelous cross to Ken Pereira near the start of the second half and the shot flew just wide.  Later in the half, Canada again came very close on a penalty corner shot, deflected just over the cross-bar. 

Defenseman Wayne Fernandes was a large part of the team’s offensive improvements, playing with an enhanced sense of timing and placement in the delivery of a number of flat balls.  Another standout was Mark Pearson, whose improved energy led to a number of goal-scoring chances. 

Perhaps the most positive sign shown by Canada was their improved defensive play.  Heading into the game, Coach Alan Brahmst preached control off the counter attack, knowing the Kookaburras abilities in this area are lethal.  In this regard, Canada played a sharp game devoid of errant passes and full of confidence.[

The 0-2 Canadians will face Malaysia on Saturday at 1pm for their third round match.  They will be playing for a second place finish heading into the final round.