Kookaburras create history
Posted on December 8, 2011 by Staff Writer
The Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, have created history by becoming the first team to win four consecutive Champions Trophy tournaments after a gritty 1-0 win over Spain in the final.
Australian captain Eddie Ockenden slotted the winner for the team with 12 minutes remaining, but it was not without controversy. The Spaniards claimed the assist leading to the goal was ‘dangerous’, however a video review saw the appeal turned down and the goal was counted.
NSWIS athletes Matthew Butterini, Kieran Govers and Mark Paterson all played well for Australia during the tournament, with the team now securing favouritism for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Kookaburras’ victory marks the 12th in 33 years, the most by any nation competing at the event.