Govers scores winner as Kookaburras win World League final

Albion Park’s Blake Govers delivered a trademark punishing drag flick to score the winner for the Kookaburras, in the World League final against Argentina.

After earning a penalty corner, Govers then evaded the glove of Argentinian goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi in the 58th minute.

Success: Australia's Blake Govers. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Success: Australia's Blake Govers. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Australia then outlasted a late Argentinian surge to seal the 2-1 victory. 

The Kookaburras had three draws in the group stage, before overpowering Spain, Germany and Argentina to claim the World League crown

“It feels awesome,” captain Mark Knowles said.

“We came here wanting to play well and not knowing exactly where we were at, wanting to play the best teams in the world.

“It’s a pretty good advertisement for hockey when the number one team in the world plays the number two. 

“The Olympic champions against a team that want to chase them now. I’m so happy.”

Australian keeper Tyler Lovell made a series of crucial saves during the game, as they denied three late Argentinian penalty corners.

The Kookaburras will return home, before setting their sights at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. 

It feels awesome.

Australian captain Mark Knowles
Delight: Australian players celebrate with coach Colin Batch. Picture: Hockey Australia

Delight: Australian players celebrate with coach Colin Batch. Picture: Hockey Australia

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