Maitland’s Simon Orchard has claimed a gold medal in Glasgow as the Kookaburras continue their winning ways at the Commonwealth Games.
The Australian men’s team have taken out the tournament at every Commonwealth Games since it was first introduced in 1998 and it was no different on Sunday with a 4-0 victory against India.
Goals were split evenly across the halves in the grand final replay from Delhi 2010 with a hat-trick to Chris Ciriello, all from penalty corners, the highlight while Eddie Ockenden confirmed the result in the closing stages.
Medals were then presented in pouring rain at Glasgow National Hockey Centre but it didn’t stop the Kookaburras from singing in the rain with a stirring rendition of Advance Australia Fair
Less than 24 hours earlier at the same venue the Hockeyroos had clinched the women’s title in a dramatic penalty shootout to make it a double for the green and gold.
Throughout the competition Orchard scored three goals, including a back stick strike in the Australia’s 4-1 semi-final win against England on Saturday, and took take his international tally to 49.
The 28-year-old former Maitland Rams player now has two Commonwealth Games gold medals and this latest effort follows on from a World Cup triumph in the Netherlands less than two months ago.
The Kookaburras will now turn their attention to the Champions Trophy in India in December as they attempt to repeat the golden trifecta of 2010.
After scoring his 49th international goal Maitland's Simon Orchard will shoot for Commonwealth Games gold with the Kookaburras in Glasgow.
The Australian men's hockey team will tackle India at 9.15pm on Sunday (AEST) in a replay of the decider from four years earlier following a 4-1 semi-final win against England on Saturday.
Orchard, 28, scored the Kookaburras second with an impressive back stick strike taking his tournament tally to three and within sight of the career half century.
The Kookaburras, who won the World Cup in the Netherlands in June, are the defending Commonwealth champions and have won gold at each Games since hockey was introduced to the program in 1998.