SHOALHAVEN’S two stars playing at the fifth edition of the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin split their two opening matches on day one of the tournament.
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Nowra’s Alex Mackay and his men’s Australian side enjoyed mixed fortunes on day one, finishing on equal points with Poland but with an inferior goal difference.
The Oceania representatives defied the world rankings to beat world number five Poland 5-3 – a match that saw Poland play almost 10 minutes with a kicking back as they sought to get back on terms.
However, the Australian's were undone by Germany's sheer brilliance in their second game 7-1 – as they simply couldn't find their way out of the tight German attacking press.
South Coast’s Jack Hayes scored four of Australia’s six goals on day one.
The men play Trinidad and Tobago and the Czech Republic on day two.
Shoalhaven Heads’ Kyah Gray and her women’s Australian team lost a nail-biter to Ukraine in their opening match of the tournament.
Australia led 3-1, thanks to an opening penalty corner from Gray, before three goals from Ukraine team captain Yana Vorushylo steered them to a 4-3 win.
Australia bounced back from their defeat against Ukraine though, claiming a superb 2-1 victory over Czech Republic (world number three) – stunning their higher-ranked opponents with goals from Lisa Farrell and team captain Shelley Watson.
However, the Czech side’s earlier 6-2 victory over Namibia ensured that they ended the day sitting third in the pool, one place higher than the Australians.
The women next hit the floor against Namibia and Russia.
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