Hockeyroos defeat India on day three

Friday November 25, 2016

The Hockeyroos have dominated their second game against India at the International Festival of Hockey defeating the visitors 4-1 with goals from Kathryn Slattery, Georgia Nanscawen, Ashlea Fey and Edwina Bone.

The Australians had a solid start with a penalty corner opportunity less than a minute in to the first quarter and although the flick went high of the net they maintained control of the ball. Eight minutes in and the game improved for the Hockeyroos with Kathryn Slattery flicking in a sly one from the left-hand side of the net.

The second goal for the Hockeyroos came in the 26th minute of play, with Laura Barden making a fantastic pass down to the Australian circle, before Victorian Georgia Nanscawen managed to flick the ball straight into the net for a stunning goal.

The Indian Eves came back quickly and only a minute later scored their first goal of the game with Rani easily tapping the ball into goal from immediately left of the net.

With a minute to go the Aussies were up for a penalty corner which would give them a healthy lead going into half time. Gabi Nance injected and the drag flick from newcomer Ashlea Fey went straight into the net past keeper Rajani Etimarpu.

The Hockeyroos owned the third quarter with the ball remaining with their attacking line and although they had several penalty corner opportunities the score going into the final quarter remained at 3 – 1.

India made some unforced errors in the final quarter which resulted in the Hockeyroos getting a chance at a corner in the 51st minute of play. Defender Edwina Bone came through with a powerful drag flick, squaring the ball away with ease and in doing so scoring her third goal in her 126-game career.

With minutes to go the Indian Eves had the chance to turn the game around with a couple of penalty corner opportunities, but the Hockeyroos were determined to hang on and take out the win, which they did with the 4 – 1 score line remaining.

Hockeyroos interim head coach Jason Duff said: “I would just like to say I’m really proud of the way the girls worked yesterday to identify where the gaps were in the first game, and to come out and apply from the start. The pressure, the ball movement – they really took the game on and that’s all I can ask of them and that’s what this group is capable of.

“We’re working with them as individuals and we’re challenging them. We’ve moved some positions around, and they’ve responded really well.”

The Hockeyroos and the Indian Eves have a rest day tomorrow and will return on Sunday for the final game in the series.

News Source: Hockey Australia

Women’s Match Details:

Hockeyroos 4 – Kathryn Slattery 8 (FG), Georgia Nanscawen 26 (FG), Ashlea Fey 29 (PC), Edwina Bone 51 (PC)
India 1 – Rani 27 (FG)
Half Time: Hockeyroos 3-1