WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 30, 2018, 04.06 PM (IST)
Australia vs Ireland - Full Time
Australia's quest for a record hat-trick of titles started with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ireland in the opening Pool B match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Friday.
Having won the back-to-back World Cups in 2010 and 2014, world no.1 Australia came into the ongoing tournament as a firm favourite but they were far from impressive and were made to toil hard by Ireland in their opener.
World no. 10 Ireland gave Australia a run for their money with impressive display in both attack and defence. The Kookaburras were dismal with penalty corners, converting just one out of five.
Standing on the cusp of creating history, two-time defending champions Australia, also known as Kookaburras, are keen to put up a good show at the ongoing hockey World Cup.
There is pressure on Australia to become the first hockey playing nation to win a hat-trick of World Cup crowns, but the coach said they are taking it as a challenge.
"The Aussie group has a proud history. We are defending our title here and we are looking it as a challenge. That's our approach,? Batch said.
Australia's last success on Indian soil was when they won the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here last year and Batch said the Kookaburras drew heart from that campaign.
Kookaburras have made 13 World Cup appearances and won the title in 1986, 2010 and 2014.
Australia vs Ireland
Australia will take on Ireland to start their Hockey World Cup campaign.
Here is the complete squad list:
Head coach: Colin Batch
Squad: Tom Craig, Corey Weyer, Jake Harvie, Matthew Dawson, Eddie Ockenden (C), Jake Whetton, Blake Govers, Tim Howard, Aran Zalewski (C), Matthew Swann, Flynn Ogilvie, Daniel Beale, Tyler Lovell, Trent Mitton, Dylan Wotherspoon, Timothy Brand, Andrew Charter, Jeremy Hayward.
Head coach: Alexander Cox
Squad: David Harte (C), Jonathan Bell, Matthew Bell, Luke Madeley, Chris Cargo, Matthew Nelson, Alan Sothern, Eugene Magee, Kirk Shimmins, Shane O'Donoghue, Sean Murray, Mitch Darling, Michael Robson, David Fitzgerald, Daragh Walsh, Paul Gleghorne, Conor Harte, Jeremy Duncan.