Kookaburras off to flying start in defence of title

THE Kookaburras can take another step towards defending their World Cup title from Delhi in 2010 when they take on Spain in round two of the group games in The Hague tonight.

Four-time World Cup winning coach Ric Charlesworth said the side had plenty to improve on despite beating Malaysia 4-0 in the opening group match, particularly penalty corners where the Aussies failed to convert any of the six they earned.

Prolific forward Glenn Turner (pictured) finished with two goals, while Eddie Ockenden and Jamie Dwyer also got on the scoresheet in what was two-time Olympian Rob Hammond's 250th game for Australia.

The Hockeyroos also opened with a win, coming from behind to beat Korea 3-2 thanks to two goals by 2013 world young player of the year Anna Flanagan

The women, who were without captain Madonna Blyth after she injured a calf at training on Friday, take on Japan tonight.


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