Kookaburra lands for Park

Kieran Govers in action for Albion Park on Saturday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Kieran Govers in action for Albion Park on Saturday. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

THE Illawarra's Kookaburra, Kieran Govers, made a rare appearance for his former club Albion Park in an Illawarra hockey league game against Robertson at Croom Road last Sunday afternoon.

Govers continued his scoring spree on June 22, notching up two goals in the club's 8-3 win over a tough Robertson team.

A week ago he was one of the heroes for the Kookaburras, helping to successfully defend the World Cup in the Hague, beating the Dutch team 6-1 in an exciting final.

"We were just too good for the Dutch after they had scored the opening goal and in the second half worked our way round them to completely shut them out," Govers said.

He was just about to board a flight to Perth to continue training under a new coach, after Ric Charlesworth announced his retirement.

Starting as a Fairy Meadow junior, Govers later joined the ranks of the Park juniors to eventually make the senior team.

He was selected to play for the national team in 2009 against Korea in Hobart.

On Sunday, he played alongside his younger siblings Scott and Blake, who scored five goals against Robertson and is slowly maturing into a drag flicker following in his brother's footsteps.

Kieran hopes to play in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and later return to play in the Dutch league.

Also starring for the Park in defence was Josh Mayo, elder son of former Park premiership-winning player David Mayo.

Josh leaves on Friday with the Australian Schoolboys team for a tour of South Africa.

In other league matches, University beat Mittagong 6-1 and Wests Illawarra beat Dapto 9-1.

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