Top marks for field strategy



MARK Knowles does not have to think too hard, or too long, to recall his international goal-scoring feats, but he hopes he still has a few more tricks in his bag.

In 60 Tests for his country he had, up until Wednesday, only scored twice.

But he marked Australia's 5-2 win against New Zealand with a special piece of magic which played a crucial part in lifting the Kookaburras to victory and a spot against Malaysia in today's semi-final.

Following a scoreless first half, Knowles set the game alight with a brilliant individual goal six minutes after the resumption.

Receiving a pass from fullback Aaron Hopkins, Knowles sliced through the Kiwi defence with a powerful run before rocketing the ball past the bewildered Kiwi goalkeeper into the roof of the net.

"I remember one and two easy, but number three probably rates a bit better.

"My first was against Great Britain before the Olympics and you always remember your first,'' Knowles said.

"But today's was a good one and I'd like to do it again in the big games at the weekend.



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