Kookaburras down Olympic champs

The Australian men’s hockey team has shown why it is among the gold medal favourites for the Rio Olympics, downing reigning Olympic champions Germany 4-3 in the Champions Trophy in London.

The Kookaburras were forced to come from behind for the win after going down 2-0 by the quarter-time break.

Field goals to Glenn Turner in the 17th minute and Tristan White in the 22nd minute brought the world champions back into the contest, but German star Florian Fuchs nudged the current Champions Trophy holders ahead again just before the break.

Kookaburras forward Blake Govers levelled the scores in the third quarter, before Aran Zalewski tapped in in the 53rd minute to seal the win.

After a 0-0 draw with England to open the tournament, the Kookaburras have won two in a row after beating South Korea 4-2 earlier this week. They face Belgium tonight before their final pool match against India early on Friday morning.

VIS athletes Chris Ciriello and Andrew Philpott are members of the Kookaburras squad.

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