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Kookaburras down India 4-3 in hockey

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016

A late double from Jeremy Hayward has delivered victory for the Kookaburras in their second hockey Test in Bendigo against India as the teams split the series.

Goals from Trent Mitton and Jake Whetton rounded out Australia's scoring in a tightly-contested affair that finished at 4-3 in favour of the home side.

Six minutes into the first quarter India took charge of the game, taking the lead with a field goal by Akashdeep Singh.

Thirteen minutes in Trent Mitton levelled proceedings with a flying flick, knocking the ball into the top left of the net.

Raghunath Vokkaliga then gave the advantage back to India 2-1 in the 22nd minute.

Australia equalised only a minute later with Whetton scoring a penalty corner goal from a deflection from Chris Bausor.

But Vokkaliga was to the fore again in the 25th minute to give his side a 3-2 lead with a second penalty corner conversion.

The third quarter saw the score equalise yet again, with Jeremy Hayward knocking a penalty corner strike past Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte and his team of defenders.

Hayward then snared the winner when he smacked the ball into the back centre of the net from another penalty corner.

"It's nice to win, but we certainly didn't play well, it was a very scrappy game with cards for both sides," Kookaburras interim head coach Paul Gaudoin said.

"I guess what we're trying to highlight to some of our young guys is that sometimes you have to grind out a win and I think we did that today, we found a way to win."

The two-game test in Bendigo were the Kookaburras last games for 2016, India winning the first game 3-2.

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