Hockeyroos draw in thriller against New Zealand

Wednesday April 18, 2012 by  

After a healthy lead the Hockeyroos were disappointed to draw 3-all against New Zealand in the first game of a second Four Nations series in Auckland today.

The Australians fired from the outset and were unlucky to see the Black Sticks score the first goal, against the run of play, through a penalty corner drag flick from Anita Punt at the seven minute mark.

Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said his team responded quickly through a great build up to equalise eight minutes later, after Emily Smith made no mistake off a rebound, to see the teams locked 1-all at the break. Read more

Fighting loss against New Zealand

Monday April 16, 2012 by  

The Hockeyroos went down fighting to a determined home side in the final of a Four Nations series in New Zealand tonight.

The Australians had a chance to equalise in the dying minutes but the Black Sticks held on to secure a 3-2 win in front of a vocal home crowd.

New Zealand opened the scoring at the 10 minute mark off a controversial penalty corner through Captain Kayla Sharland and went to the break 1-0 up before coverting again early in the second. Read more

Undefeated heading into Four Nations Final

Sunday April 15, 2012 by  

The Hockeyroos are undefeated heading into the final of a Four Nations Test Series in New Zealand after a 1-0 win over India today.

The Australians looked sharp from the outset and Victorian forward Georgia Nanscawen sent home her second goal of the tournament at the six minute mark.

The 19 year old, who debuted for the Hockeyroos one day after her 17th birthday, to become the third youngest player of all time to represent her country, made no mistake off a penalty corner rebound. Read more

Hockeyroos off to a flying start

Thursday April 12, 2012 by  

With a full strength squad picked to contest a Four Nations Test Series in New Zealand, the Hockeyroos came out firing and defeated the USA 4-0.

A core group of experienced players led by Captain Madonna Blyth were outstanding and showed how important they will be at the London Olympics.

Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said their ability to play at the highest level was unquestioned. Read more

Lynch fires to deny USA a series sweep

Sunday April 8, 2012 by  

Hockeyroos goal keeper Rachael Lynch saved everything the USA could throw at her to lead Australia to a 3-0 win in the final match of a three game series on the Sunshine Coast tonight.

The Australians fired from the outset and had the USA on the back foot right from the get go, something Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said was a key focus.

“In the first two matches we came out strong in the second half, so we spoke about wanting to get off to a good start and we certainly did that tonight,” he said. Read more

Hockeyroos show spirit despite series loss

Saturday April 7, 2012 by  

The Hockeyroos went down to a strong USA outfit for a second time tonight, but despite losing the series the team gained valuable experience on the road to London.

It was an improved performance from Thursday night’s outting where they lost 0-1 but again the Hockeyroos squandered chances in front of goal and lost 1-2.

Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said the group worked hard to create opportunities but couldn’t finish. Read more

Hockeyroos go down to USA in tough tussle

Thursday April 5, 2012 by  

Hockeyroo striker Marnie Hudson. (Credit: Hockey Australia)
Hockeyroo striker Marnie Hudson.
Photo courtesy of Hockey Australia

The USA proved a tough opponent defeating the Hockeyroos 1-0 in the first game of a three match series on the Sunshine Coast tonight.

The visitors came out firing and were able to mussle an inexperiened Australian line up off the ball, with their defensive unit in super touch.

Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said he expected this group to play a lot better moving forward.

“They are inexperienced and haven’t played a lot of hockey together but that’s no excuse, our basics let us down tonight,” he said.

The Hockeyroos had their chances and at times during the match their foward build up looked threatening, they just needed to maintain that intensity for the whole 70 minutes. Read more

Hawkes honoured alongside Olympic Greats

Monday April 2, 2012 by  

When decorated Australian hockey great Rechelle Hawkes travels to the Olympics this year, her name will be on display for millions to see.

Hawkes and 360 other athletes from across the globe will have a London tube re-named in their honour for the Games.

The cornerstone of the Hockeyroos golden era under Ric Charlesworth, Hawkes will share the recognition with the likes of boxing great Muhammad Ali and swimming sensation Michael Phelps. Read more

Argentina captures series with victory

Thursday March 22, 2012 by  

World No.2 Argentina defeated the Hockeyroos tonight 2-1 and with the victory, captured the series 1-0 after drawn results in the first two matches.

Captained by eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, Argentina was too strong tonight against a tired Hockeyroos outfit.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said post game that the Hockeyroos were tired after a heavy training block during the series and “couldn’t keep up the intensity of the Argentineans after half time”. Read more

Hockeyroos grit their teeth to secure draw

Wednesday March 21, 2012 by  

The Hockeyroos and Argentina played out a 2-all draw tonight in the second of their three-match test series in Perth.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said, “it was an improved performance from the first game”.

A tight first half produced end-to-end hockey with both teams managing excellent scoring opportunities to no avail. The Hockeyroos forced 4 Penalty Corners in the first half, but were unable to convert with Penalty Corner Specialist Jodie Schulz not in the side for this series. Read more