Hockey: Bentley-based duo part of Australia win over NZ at Sultan of Johor Cup


Matthew Bird and Frazer Gerrard ahead of the international campaign.
Matthew Bird and Frazer Gerrard ahead of the international campaign.

BENTLEY-based hockey players Matthew Bird and Frazer Gerrard helped the Burras to a resounding 9-1 win over New Zealand at the 2016 Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

New Zealand took an early lead, with the first goal going to Sam Lane in the form of a penalty corner nine minutes into the match. That was to be the only goal for New Zealand, with Max Hendry kicking off Australia’s goal streak 20 minutes in with a field goal for the Burras.

Australia scored twice more in the first, with Blake Govers and Ryan Proctor both flicking in field goals within a minute to give Australia a 3-1 advantage going into the half-time break.

It was the motivation Australia needed, and they came back in the second half to score a further six goals to leave no doubt as to who was the better team on the pitch.

Burras coach Ben Bishop said the win was welcome to the team.

“It was very pleasing to have a big win. The first half was challenging but the second was really good for us,” he said.