Matthew Swann of Australia passes the ball at the World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg.
Matthew Swann of Australia passes the ball at the World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg. Jan Kruger

Kookaburras into World League semi-finals

HOCKEY: The Kookaburras have stormed into the last four of the World League Semi-Finals with a 4-0 win over Egypt in Johannesburg.

Most of the damage against Egypt was done in the first half, with goals to Jeremy Hayward, Jake Whetton and Matt Swann giving the Australian men a 3-0 lead at the main break.

Whetton added his second after receiving a pass from captain Mark Knowles - playing his 300th international - to round out the scoring in the 35th minute.

The result, which also qualifies the Kookaburras for the 2018 World Cup in India, pleased coach Colin Batch.

"I think we did what was required tonight and we won the game, so I'm very pleased to have the win and to have reached the semi-final," he said.

"We've had a good performance so far in this tournament and we need to reach our best level for the next match, which is the semi-final.

"It's also important that we acknowledge Mark Knowles who has reached a milestone 300 caps tonight and whose career continues to flourish, along with Daniel Beale, who has reached 100 international caps at this tournament."

The world No.2 Kookaburras will now face world No.5 Belgium in the semi-finals early on Saturday morning (AEST).

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