Melbourne: Pakistan were ripped apart by the hosts Australia in their first match of the International Festival of Hockey at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre.
The record four-time World Champions’ 1-9 defeat is their worst ever in international hockey.
Australia dominated the proceedings throughout. Blake Govers’ hat trick included two off penalty corners and a memorable field goal.
Aaron Kleinschmidt had a brace each.
The Kookaburras first goal came in the eighth minute off the first penalty corner.
An excellent top of the circle drill baffled the defence and Hayward put his team ahead.
Within four minutes, Whetton doubled the advantage. After robbing a defender, he entered the circle from the left, immediately swerved and with the tomahawk rattled the board. First half’s last goal came off a wonderful Whetton assist. Agencies
His inch-perfect ball from circle’s top beat a crowded defence and Kleinschmidt easily scored from the middle of the scoring area. Agencies
In the first 30 minutes, Pakistan had just one open play attempt when Arslan Qadir’s full stretch effort eluded the target. They also wasted one PC. Agencies