Former Rockhampton resident and hockey star Mark Knowles.
Former Rockhampton resident and hockey star Mark Knowles.

Aust hockey double gold looking good



MELBOURNE ? Australia's men's and women's hockey teams are looking good to achieve a feat they haven't managed in seven years ? winning the same major tournament at the same time.

Not since both won the Champions Trophy in Brisbane in 1999 have the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos fired simultaneously in the sport's major competitions.

While Australia's women dominated the 1990s as its men continually fell short, the Kookaburras have become the dominant partner since their Athens Olympics triumph as the Hockeyroos stumbled, then rebuilt. But at the midway point of the Commonwealth Games, both are now in pole position for gold medals. The Hockeyroos clinched top spot in their group yesterday without lifting a stick, with Malaysia shocking South Africa 2-1 to hand Australia top spot in Pool A regardless of what happens in their final round-robin game against the South Africans today.

And the Kookaburras, who torched Canada 5-1 on Sunday to remain unbeaten, can lock up a semi-final berth by beating England in their penultimate group match today.

England and New Zealand, Australia's opponent tomorrow, are chasing the other top two spot in the Kookaburras' group to advance to the semi-finals.



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