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Butturini scores Olympic semi

Matthew Butturini of Australia is fouled by Shafqat Easool of Pakistan during the men's hockey match between Australia and Pakistan on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena Hockey Centre.
Matthew Butturini of Australia is fouled by Shafqat Easool of Pakistan during the men's hockey match between Australia and Pakistan on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena Hockey Centre. Julian Finney - Getty Images

BURRINGBAR'S Matthew Butturini was named one of the best players on field when the Australian Men's Hockey Team fought their way into the Olympic Games semi-finals on Wednesday.

Australia defeated Pakistan 7-0 in London to make their sixth straight Olympic entry into the men's hockey semi-finals.

The victory means the Kookaburras, who are No.1 in the world, have secured top spot in the Pool A draw.

They will now go on to play Germany, who are ranked world No.3.

Butturini, who celebrated his birthday on the day, earned his team a penalty stroke during the match.

Australia's semi final match against Germany will be played at 12.30am this Friday.

Germany has won three of their four pool matches and lost one.

Germany is the reigning Olympic Games gold medallists from Beijing and bronze medallists from Athens.

Butturini is the Tweed's sole hope of snaring a medal at the Olympics.


Topics:  hockey kookaburras london olympics matthew butturini


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