Belgium-Australia was a duel between the current and previous world champion and number 1 in the world ranking on the agenda. The Belgians confirmed their status of best team in the world thanks to two goals from Sébastien Dockier (15. 35.), a converted penalty corner from Alexander Hendrickx (28.) and the final goal from Tanguy Cosyns (40.).
The Belgians close the first part of the Hockey Pro League unbeaten. They played rather equal against Spain (2-2) and New Zealand (4-4) and win of Argentina (4-1). The Red Lions can now re-focus on the Belgian league. The next match of the Pro League takes on its own soil. On april 10, received the Belgian hockeymannen in Uccle Spain. Later in the day, the Belgian hockeyvrouwen in Melbourne against Australia (3). The Red Panthers are thirteenth in the world ranking.
“We're taking nine to twelve outdoors. That is not easy. We can only be delighted with our debut into the Hockey Pro League. We have very good moments in the first four matches,” said coach Shane McLeod. “It was very pleasant to our posture to see against Argentina, but the best match was undoubtedly against Australia. The goal was the first part of the competition to end. The first three matches served as a trampoline to this prestigious duel against the ex-world champions.”
McLeod looks at the rest of the league with confidence. “Let us not forget that we are at the beginning of april once again we can count on Simon Gougnard, John-John Dohmen and Manu Stockbroekx. Maxime Plennevaux also made a striking entrance at the Lions, which now has a small break in February. They are now at the disposal of their teams. At the beginning of march we retake the training than at the beginning of april to be ready.”