Commonwealth Games: Kookaburra’s secure Australia’s final gold medal in landslide victory

Aug 09, 2022
Australia secures their final gold medal in men's hockey. Source: Getty

Australia’s final gold medal in the 2022 Commonwealth Games was secured by the men’s hockey team, the Kookaburra’s, in a landslide 7-0 triumph over India.

The Kookaburra’s on-field domination left the score 5-0 at halftime, with incredible hand-eye coordination and valiant efforts leading to the two final goals scored in the last half.

The win means Australia continue their championship reign, claiming their seventh gold since the sport was first introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

As reported by Hockey Australia, Kookaburra’s co-captain Aran Zalewski said the win is attributed to the effort the team puts into each other.

“The Kookaburras have created a bit of a dynasty at the Commonwealth Games so to go on and continue that tradition with a new group, new players…it’s amazing and I’m really proud of the whole team and the whole unit,” Zalewski said.

“It’s a great group and we love spending time together. There’s good harmony and we all want to challenge each other. It’s not always roses when you have to get the best out of each other, but there is a level of respect and trust that allows us to do that.

“We pride ourselves on performing well here.”

The hockey team was met with a chorus of congratulations on their “unparalleled” skills.

Australia has done exceptionally well at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the Diamonds recently claiming the country’s 1000th gold medal in women’s netball.

They join the likes of para-athlete Madison de Rozario and swimmers Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers, who have all claimed gold for Australia.

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