Kookaburras striker Des Abbott
Kookaburras striker Des Abbott
(Photo: FIH / Hockey Australia)

The Kookaburras look to be on the right track heading towards the upcoming 2011 Champions Trophy, defeating India 8-3 last night in Busselton, WA in game one of their 3 Nations tournament against India and Pakistan.

After a quiet first six months of the year the Kookaburras appear to be hitting their straps, building slowly during their recent Oceania Cup in which they defeated New Zealand before dominating last week’s Lanco International Super Series. Tonight’s win shows that they are continuing to regain their form, however despite the big margin they will be disappointed to have conceded three goals.

In a positive sign for the Kookaburras, world class striker Des Abbott seems to be showing no signs of the leg injury that kept him out for over a year, scoring two goals in his first international match for the year and his first since returning from injury.

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth will also be pleased with his teams accuracy from penalty corners, with Chris Ciriello and Kieran Govers both looming as legitimate threats throughout the game.

The Kookaburras will next play Pakistan tonight at 7.30pm WST.

Kookaburras 8 India 3

Goals - Aus Kieran Govers 8m FG/ 27m PC, Ind Danish 12m FG/ 66m FG Aus Des Abbott 15m FG/ 39m FG, Aus Chris Ciriello 21m PC/ 35m PC, Ind SV Sunil 32m FG, Aus Glenn Turner 59m FG, Aus Eddie Ockenden 69m FG

Hockey Australia media release