Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

1. defending champions Australia, the Kookaburras

Defending champions Australia and World No. 15 Canada kicked off this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with the first match at 4.10pm on Sunday.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

2. Jamie Dwyer (with headband), appearing for the 322nd game for Australia

Australia had an interesting mix of players, with World No 1 Jamie Dwyer appearing 322 times for his country, setting a new record, and Tim Cross, with his debut appearance for Australia. Both players contributed the goals, making this outing all the more memorable for them.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

3. No. 7 Tim Cross, appearing for the first time for Australia and scoring his first goal for his country just 12 minutes into the match

Canada, meanwhile, having to adjust to a 40-degree turn in temperature, had no answer to Australia. Coach Anthony Farry, while conceding the strength of their opponents, felt that Canada only gave away too many chances at the last ten minutes of the game.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

4. Australia’s Eddie Ockenden picked as Man of the Match

Still, to win matches, one has to take risks, and Canada did take calculated risks, although that was not good enough to keep the Kookaburras at bay.

Event: 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Match 1 – Australia (7) – Canada (0)
Venue: Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh
Date: 5th April, 2015
Time: 4.10pm

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