ISLAMABAD - Australia became the champion of inaugural International Super Hockey Series 9s after defeating New Zealand 5-3 in the final at Perth Hockey Stadium on Sunday. Kookaburras proved to be the superior team throughout the tournament and they maintained their unbeaten record as none of the teams managed to break their stranglehold in the tournament. New Zealand started the match in positive fashion right from the beginning as this style of play suited best to Australia who loved open spaces. After an action packed first half the Kookaburras took an early lead through another remarkable goal by 4 time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer. New Zealand struck back immediately to stay in the match. The home side were heavily favoured to win the final of the innovative nine-a-side tournament, which also showcased other trial rules such as shortened 15-minute halves and widened goals, but faced a spirited Kiwi challenge. Australia, who thrashed New Zealand 7-1 earlier in the tournament, looked in control when they led 3-1 in the first half. However, the Kiwis lifted to draw level early in the second half when Stephen Jenness added to the two goals Blair Hilton had already scored. The favourites for the 2012 London Olympics eventually steadied from a short corner in the 25th minute, with Liam De Young converting to restore their lead before Glenn Turner sealed the title with less than two minutes to play. Meanwhile, Australian women hockey team capped a memorable night for the hosts by defeating Indian women hockey team 4-1 in Sunday's final in Perth. The Australian women conceded the first goal that proved eye opener for them. They change their tactics and took the control of the game. Teenager Kellie White put her team on level terms with an exceptional reverse stick shot to ease the nerves. India fought back against the hosts and proved them as a contender for the gold medal but the second half was proved a one-sided affair as Australian women completely dominated the proceedings and managed to score thrice to make it 4-1. Australian Women hockey coach Adam Commens praised his teams show and said: I believed this tournament is a great success with the introduction of new rules it provides more excitement to the viewers and their presence at the event proved that they have liked the new format of the game.