Hockeyroos finish fifth at London 2012
Friday August 10, 2012
It may not have been the victory Australia were hoping for but they will still be celebrating after beating Olympic silver medallist China to finish fifth at the London Olympics.
After narrowly missing out on the medal rounds, Australia only had pride to play for but showing great character by beating their Asian rivals 2-0.
Australia will leave London without a medal but with a great deal more experience for the future.
On the positive side, coach Adam Commens has identified some exciting young talent who will be able to take their London experience into future championship campaigns over the next four years.
Defensively, Australia was outstanding throughout the tournament not conceding a single field goal throughout the two weeks.
Spearheaded by Kobie McGurk, sensational young talent Anna Flanagan and Teneal Attard, Australia repelled the early attacks which became less penetrating as the game progressed.
Australia totally dominated in attack but China’s defenders made clear shots difficult.
Australia controlled the midfield with another youngster Georgia Nanscawen, Casey Eastham and captain Madonna Blyth creating an abundance of opportunity.
The youngest member of the team, Emily Smith, impressed as one of the hard workers in the circle.
After have two goals denied by the video referee, Schulz finally broke through for Australia’s first goal in the 41st minute, with a penalty stroke, following a deliberate breach by China in the goal circle.
Close and Hope Munro combined with a two-on-one opportunity in the 60th minute which left goalkeeper Zhang Yimeng defenceless.
Australia was more enterprising throughout the game but had difficulty breaking down the defence which repelled an enormous amount of pressure.
Australia depart London with an excellent record, securing four wins, one draw and one loss. Australia can count themsleves unlucky to not have had the opportunity to play for a medal.
Australia 2 (Jodie Schulz 41 PS, Jade Close 60 FG) defeated China 0
Australian Women’s Hockey Team Results:
London 2012 Olympic Games Game 1: lost to New Zealand 0-1
Game 2: defeated Germany 3-1 - Goal scorers: Anna Flanagan, Fiona Boyce, Hope Munro
Game 3: defeated USA 1-0 - Goal scorer: Anna Flanagan
Game 4: defeated South Africa 1-0 - Goal scorer: Jade Close
Game 5: drew with Argentina 0-0
5th-6th Play Off: defeated China 2-0 - Goal scorers: Jodie Schulz, Jade Close
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