Commonwealth Games 2022: Kookaburras vs England result, Australia win after goalscoring fury

The Kookaburras are through to the Commonwealth Games final after surviving a heart-pounding thriller against England.

Controversy exploded in a rollercoaster fourth quarter as the Australians secured an incredible comeback win.

Australia were down 2-0 and it looked like a huge upset was on the cards, before the Kookaburras launched a brave fightback to win 3-2 and retain their perfect record of never missing a Games final of the Commonwealth and never to relinquish the Commonwealth crown. worn since the sport’s introduction to the Games.

In the end, it was the Australians who desperately tried to hold on in the final minutes as England couldn’t find a way to break the Australian defense despite a barrage of penalty corners.

The Kookaburras got their crucial third goal in controversial circumstances, with England calling for a review ahead of when Daniel Beale netted the winner.

Australia were looking to get back into play quickly after the referee fired England for touching the ball with their feet.

England disputed that Australia did not leave the ball stationary before resuming play.

Replays showed it was doubtful the ball had been stationary at any point.

Former Hockeyroos star Georgie Parker said the goal should technically have been disallowed, although he said the goal should stand as the quick restart was “in the spirit of the game”.

She said if she was the video review official she would have taken the goal away from Australia.

“It really is a matter of the ‘letter of the law’,” she told Channel 7.

“You are supposed to stop the ball before taking the free kick.”

She went on to say, “It basically stopped for me. I would hate if this (review) passed.

“It didn’t stop, but I would hate it if they banned it for that. Teams do this fifty percent of the time, including England.

“I’m going to be so disappointed, but look, I mean, technically it’s the rule, you’re supposed to stop it or make an effort to stop it.

“I would be so disappointed. As for the spirit, I think England are hanging on to straws, but technically (should be banned).

“Every team does that, and you want to play a quick hockey game, that’s why this rule was introduced.

“Technically, maybe it was the wrong decision.”

The goal stood, despite the England players continuing to protest to the referee on the pitch.

The drama only increased from there as the Kookaburras were also hit hard when they considered an appeal which awarded England a penalty corner for the ball jumping and almost hitting the leg of an Australian defender. Although the ball clearly did not hit the Australian, the call was not overturned by the reviewer.

There was also another appeal against Australia with Jeremy Hayward being hit in the chest from an England penalty corner, with the referee awarding England another penalty corner as the Aussie appeared to be at less than 5m from the time the shot was fired.

Australian commentators Georgie Parker and Alister Nicholson on Channel 7 both ruled that Heywood had cleared the 5m mark after running away from the goalmouth at the start of the penalty corner.

England had a flurry of penalty corners in the final minutes but simply couldn’t find a way past the Australian defense and goalkeeper Andrew Charter.

England even had a penalty corner with 25 seconds remaining, with the game ending in the last second of the game before the siren finally sounded.

The main difference was the quality in the final third with Australia scoring once from their three penalty corners, while England could not score once from their 14 penalty corners.

England scored after just four minutes when Charter made a rare mistake trying to save a fairly straightforward shot wide.

England made it 2-0 when they took advantage of a yellow card for Australia.

Blake Govers scored from a corner four minutes before half-time to give Australia hope.

Jacob Anderson then leveled it at 2-2 with a nice backhand on the run that beat the keeper moments before the end of the third quarter. England held firm throughout the quarter with two players off the pitch following yellow cards.

In the end, all that matters is that the Kookaburras make it to the finals.

Earlier, India beat South Africa in the other semi-final.

The gold medal match is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Monday (AEST).

It comes after the Hockeyroos won their semi-final in a blockbuster game against India on Saturday morning to set up a gold medal showdown with England at 12 noon on Monday morning.

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