Kookaburras on top of the world again

Youngsters Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson may have booked a place at next year's Rio Olympics after scoring goals in Australia's 2-1 win over Belgium in the gold medal game at the World League Finals in India.

Man of the match Hayward's unstoppable shot into the top right corner early in the second quarter put the Kookaburras in front, before Dawson's drag flick doubled their advantage midway through the third period.

Simon Gougnard scored a consolation goal for the Red Lions with an overtime penalty corner rebound.

Australia's head coach, Graham Reid, said he was happy with most aspects of the team's performance.

"It was quite apt that both the guys who scored were our young guys. It's been a long trip here in India and for them to be able to put it together at the business end is pleasing," Reid said.

"I thought our defence was very good.

"One of our goals was not to have any green or yellow cards so it was disappointing to receive a few of those."

Reid will announce the Olympic training squad in 10 days' time, and said the tournament had proven extremely valuable in terms of having a look at a lot of different players.

Veteran Jamie Dwyer, who celebrated his 350th appearance for Australia at the event, was named player of the tournament.

"This is the last time I'll play in the green and gold in India so thank you to all my fans here," the 36-year-old said after receiving his award.



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