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Kookaburras bemused after anthem gaffe
By Daniel Fraser, WWOS
10:00 AEST Sat Jun 15 2013

Australia’s men’s hockey team has been forced to watch on awkwardly as officials mistakenly played the New Zealand national anthem instead of Advance Australia Fair prior to a match in Holland.

The Kookaburras were waiting for the Australian anthem prior to their opening Hockey World League match with Belgium when the Maori version of the New Zealand anthem began playing.

Footage of the anthem ceremony shows the bemused response from the Kookaburras as they realise the mistake, some players begin grinning while others shake their head.

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The commentator adds to the amusing situation by saying "close". The stadium announcer is quick to apologise for the mistake.

"Our apologies on behalf of this organisation, this was the New Zealand anthem," he says.

The Kookaburras went onto lose the match 3-1 in a shock result.

The team seemed to take the gaffe in their stride off-the-field at least, posting a photo of a confused player on the team’s official Twitter page, saying “That awkward anthem moment“.

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