Scotland were taught a hockey lesson by hosts Australia on Sunday when they lost 6-1 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Kookaburras caught Scotland cold in the first quarter, scoring four goals as they aimed to build on their opening 4-0 win over South Africa.
Australia struck twice in the second minute, Aran Zalewski and Daniel Beale both scoring from open play as Scotland got off to the worst possible start. Tom Wickham added a third in the 13th minute with Dylan Wotherspoon completing a catastrophic first quarter for the Scots with a penalty corner conversion.
But to Scotland’s credit, they didn’t capitulate in spite of conceding a fifth goal in the 20th minute. Flynn Ogilvie became the fifth different Kookaburra to breach the Scottish defence, but by half time, Scotland trailed 5-1, Robert Harwood scoring what was to prove to be a consolation goal.
And in the second half, Australia only added one further goal, Aaron Kleinschmidt scoring in the 43rd minute to give the home supporters encouragement that they will be able to witness another Commonwealth Games title at the end of the tournament.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, Chris Grassick and Willie Marshall were all in the Scottish starting lineup, with Nick Parkes coming on as a fourth minute substitute.
The Daily Schedule, containing links to information about individual matches can be found at the Commonwealth Games website