Joker Weyer sinks Canada to win hockey gold for Australia
Australia won the men’s hockey5s gold medal on 27 August by beating a plucky Canada at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Sports Park.
As with the women’s final the previous night, the men’s gold medal match was decided by a shoot-out, having finished 3-3 in regular time.
A clever reverse flick by Australia’s Corey Weyer sealed a 3-2 shoot-out victory after Canada’s final shooter Vikram Sandhu had missed moments before.
“I tried not to think about it too much,” Weyer said. “When I was standing in line at halfway with the boys, I was cracking a couple of jokes to lighten the mood a bit and make it just like any other day – any other day, any other game.
“I was watching myself walk up on the big screen, trying to see myself and I made a couple of faces and just had a bit of fun with it.
“I tried not to make myself too nervous. I kept it calm and kept it simple.”
Australia captain Tim Howard said: “We knew it was going to be a 36-minute game like any other and we just had to hold it together.
“Hockey5s is a game where anything can happen and we just had to play controlled and composed.”
Canada captain Brandon Pereira said his team will take much from the tournament.
“For us it was all about the experience,” he said. “We came close, but we are not quite there yet, so the experience we’ve gained is everything right now.”
Canada’s road to the gold medal match was a virtual survival course.
The “Maple Leafs” came through their quarter-final and semi-final encounters on shoot-outs following pool match defeats by Australia (5-2) and Spain (6-3).
Australia too had tough moments in the tournament with successive one-point pool round losses to South Africa and Spain.
In the final, Australia went ahead when Alec Rasmussen crashed a shot into the back of the net from the 25m mark.
Canada equalised through Sandhu before Australia retook the lead courtesy of Max Hendry in the 21st minute.
Rasmussen made it 3-1, but two goals from Amrit Sidhu (CAN) in the last three minutes forced the shoot-out.