De Young has gold in his sights

TONY McCarthy and his wife Geraldine were at home in Maryborough – their thoughts were in Delhi though.

Their son-in-law, Liam De Young, was playing for the Kookaburras, the Australian men’s hockey team, against Scotland in the opening round of the Commonwealth Games tournament.

The 29-year-old De Young and his team-mates didn’t let his in-laws or any other Aussie fans down.

They started their campaign to win back-to-back Commonwealth Games gold by crushing Scotland 9-0 in a match played in sweltering conditions at New Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.

De Young’s wife Sarah, someone he had met while the pair were on a hockey trip as youngsters, told her father that Liam, a co-captain of the Kookaburras, had been pleased with the win.

“Liam was happy with the result,” Tony, who was in Melbourne when the Kookaburras won gold four years ago, said.

“They had a game plan and they stuck to it – it’s always good when a plan works.

“The only thing that wasn’t as sharp as it could have been was the form in front of goal – they could have scored more.”

The Kookaburras have already won the World Cup and Champ-ions Trophy this year and it comes as no surprise that Tony said he would love to see Liam make it a hat-trick by winning in Delhi.

“That would be fantastic, but it won’t be an easy task to tackle,” Tony said.

“Playing against India (something they did last night) will be a tough assignment for sure – you cannot dismiss England either.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but hopefully Liam will have another gold medal for me to look at when I see him next.

“Not that I’m biased, of course.”

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