Norths's Matt Dawson scores man-of-match honours in Kookaburras' World Hockey League quarter-final win

UNITY: The Kookaburras gather together during their 4-1 World Hockey League quarter-final victory against Spain in India on Thursday (ADST). Norths defender Matt Dawson (second from coach on right) was named man-of-the-match. Picture: AAP
UNITY: The Kookaburras gather together during their 4-1 World Hockey League quarter-final victory against Spain in India on Thursday (ADST). Norths defender Matt Dawson (second from coach on right) was named man-of-the-match. Picture: AAP

Norths defender Matt Dawson will take renewed confidence into the Kookaburras’ Hockey World League semi-final this weekend after producing a man-of-the-match performance to help make the top four. 

The Australian men’s team will tackle the winner of Friday morning’s (ADST) quarter-final clash between Germany and the Netherlands after overcoming Spain 4-1 in the opening play-off at the tournament. 

"It's pretty nice [to get man-of-the-match],” Dawson said during a post-game interview with the International Hockey Federation in the early hours of Thursday morning (ADST).

“It's been a tough week with some tough games. Now we're looking forward to the back end of the tournament."

Semi-finals in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (ADST).

FORM: Matt Dawson playing for Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League outfit Norths earlier this year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

FORM: Matt Dawson playing for Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League outfit Norths earlier this year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Elsewhere and hosts India eliminated Belgium after a 3-2 penalty shootout win. The hosts meet either England or Argentina. Medals will be decided on Monday (ADST). 

AAP reports

Three goals in the final quarter have ensured Australia's progression to the semi-finals of the Hockey World League Final in India after a 4-1 win over Spain.

The Kookaburras fought back from going behind to score four unanswered goals, converting four of their six penalty corners, to set up a final four showdown against either Germany or the Netherlands on Friday or Saturday.

"We obviously started a bit slow," man of the match Matt Dawson said.

"It's always nice to build into the tournament. It's good to get a win tonight."

Australia trailed when Marc Garcia put Spain ahead but Jeremy Hayward levelled proceedings with a penalty corner before halftime.

Australia had a goal disallowed after Lachlan Sharp's effort was negated by the video referee.

Despite the Kookaburras dominating possession it stayed that way until early in the final quarter when Aaron Kleinschmidt swept home a rebound from a penalty corner on 48 minutes.

Blake Govers added the icing on the cake with two drag flicks in quick succession to give Australia their first win in the tournament after three group-stage draws