Kookaburras cop spray

THE Australian men's hockey team, the Kookaburras, completed a 3-0 Test series whitewash of the New Zealand Black Sticks in Cairns on Monday night and then the world champions copped a spray from coach Ric Charlesworth.

Kieran Govers, Des Abbott, Glenn Turner and Russell Ford scored in the 4-1win, their last international hit-out before the London Olympics.

But Charlesworth had mixed feelings about the series against the No.7 ranked Kiwis and asked for more consistency from his players.

"I thought it might be closer, in the end 15 goals to three, so it's a pity we didn't have more close games because that would have been better for us," he said. "But you have to deliver consistency and that was what was disappointing about Monday's game, the last 6-7 minutes was appalling and I'm angry about that because it's just sloppy and we can't afford that.

"We weren't good in the first half, we didn't create the quality chances we should have and the last six minutes was shocking and that's sloth, that will cost you if you do that."

Charlesworth did applaud the effort of those players who missed Olympic selection.

"Some of the boys who missed out were terrific, their endeavour was good and they're pressing hard for those two extra spots," he said.

Five time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer, Matthew Butturini, Liam De Young, Simon Orchard and Matthew Swann all sat out the series injured.



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