Govers on target in Kookaburras' World League draw with Germany

Albion Park’s Blake Govers scored, but the Kookaburras were denied victory over powerhouse international rival Germany in Saturday’s World League final game in India.

Firing: Rio Olympian Blake Govers scored in the Kookaburras 2-all World League finals draw with Germany in India on Saturday. Picture:  AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Firing: Rio Olympian Blake Govers scored in the Kookaburras 2-all World League finals draw with Germany in India on Saturday. Picture: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Govers cancelled out an early German goal when he converted a penalty corner in the 39th minute.

After initially mis-trapping the ball, he then fired home at the back post.

But the Germans launched a spirited second half fightback and were rewarded captain Martin Haner scored from a penalty corner in the 58th minute, the game ending in a 2-all draw.

“Germany are an outstanding team,” man of the match Jake Whetton said.

Germany are an outstanding team

Jake Whetton

“We knew that. They put it to us in the first half and I thought we worked really well to get back into the game. 

“It’s disappointing to come away with the draw.

“We’re getting into this tournament. It’s a big tournament for us and we’re really looking forward to moving forward now.”

The draw comes after a 1-all stalemate to open the tournament against India. The Kookaburras now face England on Monday, starting at 11pm (AEDT).

England fell 2-nil to Germany in their opening game, but counced back with a 3-2 victory over India on Sunday.

The semi-finals start on Wednesday.