Australia flexed slightly early muscle to get their quest for ladies’s hockey gold off to a flying begin with a 8-0 rout of Kenya on the Commonwealth Video games.
So dominant have been the Hockeyroos that Kenya didn’t have a single shot on objective, which was in stark distinction to the Australian outfit’s relentless bombardment.
The Aussies are determined to regain their Commonwealth crown, having misplaced the gold medal match on the Gold Coast in 2018 to New Zealand after a run of three successive Commonwealth triumphs.
Skipper Kaitlin Nobbs completed with a hat trick whereas Shanea Tonkin had two targets, with Claire Colwill, Stephanie Kershaw and Grace Stewart the opposite objective scorers.
The world No.3 Australians wasted little time in placing their foot down, with Nobbs capitalising after being left unmarked in entrance objective contained in the opening three minutes.
Their lead was doubled lower than a minute later when a a scorching Maddy Fitzpatrick-cross from the sideline was deftly guided previous the keeper for Tonkin’s first objective.
Hobbs transformed on a penalty stroke, and it was 4-0 on the first break when Kershaw discovered the online after two sensible saves from the Kenya keeper.
Kenya solidified their defence via the center after the primary interval, however pricey turnovers continued to propel the Australian assault.