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Kookaburras take men's hockey gold


Jamie Dwyer scored a brilliant hat-trick to fire Australia on their way to a 5-2 win over New Zealand and a gold medal.

Jamie Dwyer

Jamie Dwyer scores a hat trick in the final for Australia

Winners at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur four years ago, the champions were unstoppable against plucky but outclassed New Zealand.

Their power and persistence saw them take the lead in the 20th minute through Troy Elder, sent clear by Mike McCann, who five minutes later put Dwyer in for his first goal.

The Kiwis battled with typical determination but were powder-puff near goal compared with the Aussies who took their half-time lead to four with further goals from Craig Victory and Dwyer.

New Zealand made a valiant effort in the second half with Phil Burrows finding the net from open play, but Dwyer completed his hat-trick after 50 minutes to sew up the match for Australia.

Hayden Shaw got a late consolation goal for the Kiwis with a penalty stroke, but the big defender flopped as the New Zealandersí major scoring weapon.

Australia, who had played superbly in defence, had been careful to avoid giving too many short-corner chances to the tournamentís 12-goal top scorer.

And of the four penalty corners they did concede, Shaw failed to convert any of them. The big gun in their armoury and their main scoring hope had been well and truly spiked.

There is no denying Australiaís right to keep their crown after powering their way through the competition to rattle up a total of 33 goals with only three against.

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