Hockeyroos win at International Festival
The final session at the International Festival of Hockey for the Hockeyroos and the Indian Eves saw Australia come out on top finishing with a 3-1 score line, winning the three-game test in the process.
Brooke Peris, Gabi Nance And Jordyn Holzberger were Australia’s goal scorers who helped the team come back from being down 0-1 at half time.
The Indian Eves were first to score, with captain Vandana Katariva flicking in a field goal in the 17th minute of play to give the visitors an early advantage.
Some excellent play by Kalindi Commerford and Georgia Nanscawen in the 36th minute of the game resulted in Nanscawen sliding across the pitch for a shot on goal but the stunning attempt went slightly wide of the net.
It was the 39th minute of play that saw Australia equalise, with Brooke Peris scoring a cracker of a penalty corner that sailed high into the back of the net following on from a deflection from Ashlea Fey.
With only two minutes to go in the game, Jordyn Holzbereger sealed the victory for Australia with a field goal sneaking into the net from the right-hand side of goal leaving the final tally at AUS 3 – 1 IND.
Hockeyroos interim head coach Jason Duff said: “It was a fantastic way to finish the series today, we started well, we created a lot of opportunities and then against the run of play India got a goal which tested the resolve of the group.
“I’ve been really impressed with the girls over the two-week period and the way they’ve learnt how to play in a couple of different ways. We want to play open and free, and we want to play attacking. They’ve learnt how to fight and grind, and how to push through a game and find the net late in the game which for me is fantastic.
“The thing that I’m impressed with is that over two weeks we’ve had some girls who may have doubted their ability at an international level but over the six games they’ve proven that they’re more than capable. I think that puts the Hockeyroos in a pretty good place going forward. There’s still a lot of senior players to come back in but now there’s going to be some challenge to them to step up and make some improvements because this group’s certainly on the way.”
The Hockeyroos wore ‘Fair go, sport!’ rainbow coloured socks during the match to support equality in sport, and to promote safe and inclusive sporting environments by promoting awareness and understanding of sexuality and gender diversity.
Statement from Hockey Australia regarding Anna Flanagan
Hockey Australia made the decision earlier today to withdraw Anna Flanagan from the final game in the three-game test against India at the International Festival of Hockey for a breach of team protocol.
Anna has decided to take time away from hockey to aid her recovery from on-going health issues after a difficult year both on and off the pitch.
Hockey Australia will work with Anna and her family during this period, and ask that Anna’s privacy is respected as she works towards a full recovery.
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale said: “Hockey Australia would like to re-iterate that while Anna was withdrawn for a protocol breach, we will be supporting her during this period and our foremost concern is that she gets well.”
There will be no further comment from Anna or from Hockey Australia at this time.
News Source: Hockey Australia
Women’s Match Details:
Hockeyroos 3 – Brooke Peris 39 (PC), Gabi Nance 41 (PC), Jordyn Holzberger 58 (FG)
India 1 – Vandana Katariya 17 (FG)
Half Time: India 1-0