Title favourites Australia on Thursday registered the biggest win in the history of hockey World Cup by inflicting a humiliating 12-0 defeat on South Africa in a Pool B match
in New Delhi on Thursday .The overwhelming win is the biggest in terms of goals in a World Cup match. The earlier record was in the name of Pakistan, who had mauled New Zealand 12-3 in the 1982 edition of the event.
Luke Doerner converted four penalty corners while veteran Jamie Dwyer and Glenn Turner scored two field goals each as world number two Australia toyed with South Africa and made the Proteas look like a club side.
After some early jitters Australia took control over the match with speedy forays and brisk counter attacks and scored goals at will five in the first half and seven after the change of ends -- to sound a warning bell for other teams.
Apart from Doerner (16th minutes, 34th, 49th, 66th 68th), Dwyer (52nd, 54th) and Turner (20th, 62nd), Desmond Abbott (26th), Fergus Kavanagh (35th) and Matthew Betturini (44th) were the other goals scorers for Australia.
Australia went ahead through Doerner, who converted their second penalty corner in the 16th minute, and four minutes later Turner made it 2-0 for the Olympic silver
medallists with a nice field goal. Turner scored his third goal in the tournament after Dwyer set it up for him from a fast paced counter attack. PTI