Govers records hat-trick in Kookaburras win

Wollongong’s Blake Govers has starred in the Kookaburras dominant win over Pakistan at the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick as Australian claimed a 9-1 victory in their opening match of the tournament.

“It feels great to get a good win.” Goal scorer Kiran Arunasalam said. “Nine goals is pretty special. We played well. Pakistan play hard so to score nine goals is perfect.”

Hat-trick: Blake Govers starred on Wednesday. Picture: AP/Dario Lopez-Mills.

Hat-trick: Blake Govers starred on Wednesday. Picture: AP/Dario Lopez-Mills.

The team plays New Zealand on Thursday night before facing Japan on Saturday and a potential gold medal match on Sunday.

Later in the evening, the Hockeyroos fell to world number one Netherlands 2-0.  Despite the loss, captain Emily Smith was pleased with her team’s performance.

“To stay with them for such a long time was promising, now we’ve got to get a few more goal scoring opportunities and limit there’s which I thought we did quite well.” Smith said.