Hockeyroos

Roos break series tie

Sunday February 21, 2016 by  

Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helped the Hockeyroos to break the series deadlock 3-2 with Great Britain in the final match of the series at the Perth Hockey Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Despite Great Britain’s late second half goals by Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh, the Hockeyroos finished the series off strongly, with Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helping Australia to earn a second match victory.

Pleased with Australia’s performance, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I’m really pleased with today’s result. I thought we were fantastic up until late in the fourth quarter, when we had a number of our players off. Read more

Hockeyroos secure third draw against Great Britain

Saturday February 20, 2016 by  

Sunday’s sixth and final test will be the decider between the Hockeyroos and Great Britain after their third draw of the series in Perth. Georgie Parker’s deflection helped the Hockeyroos to bounce back from a one goal deficit moments after the halftime break.

After a delayed start due to a watering failure, Australian forward Georgie Parker retaliated Sarah Haycroft’s late second quarter strike for Great Britain exactly one minute after the halftime break, equalising the match 1-1.

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I thought our intensity levels were a little bit low in the first half, we had a late start and the heat contributed to our slow first quarter. Read more

Smith helps Roos back

Thursday February 18, 2016 by  

Emily Smith’s skilful strike helped the Hockeyroos to a late 2-2 equaliser with Great Britain in their fourth match of the series on Thursday night.

Working together as a team, Georgia Nanscawen and Emily Smith’s strikes held Great Britain back from securing a second win of the series, after two successful penalty corner attempts from Giselle Ansley.

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “With a lot of youngsters out on the pitch, we saw a performance that had a lot of positives tonight. Read more

Nelson’s equaliser helps Australia secure draw

Tuesday February 16, 2016 by  

Ashleigh Nelson’s equalising goal in the 54th minute of the match, coupled with Great Britain’s missed penalty corner opportunity late on, helped Australia come back from behind to secure a 3-3 draw on the final siren in the third match of the series.

Australia came from behind on three occasions, Gabrielle Nance, Karri McMahon and Nelson pegging back goals from Crista Cullen, Ellie Watton and Helen Richardson-Walsh.

Frustrated with the final result, Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I thought we played well for a new group with the team showcasing seven new players. We combined well to create numerous attacks with Great Britain defending doggedly, however, unfortunately we only ended up with a draw rather than a win.” Read more

Team GB sink Hockeyroos

Sunday February 14, 2016 by  

In a fast and physical second clash against Great Britain in Bunbury, the Hockeyroos went down 1-0 to the world number six team on Sunday afternoon. Susie Gilbert’s penalty corner rebound early in the second quarter made the difference to level the series at one victory each.

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “It was a better performance in terms of tiding up our defence and creating more chances today, however, the quality was not at the same level as Friday. To win a match you need to score penalty corners and field goals, and we were unable to do that today.

“We want to win matches, however, winning now is not the important thing. It’s about improving our processes so when we get to Rio we fully understand what we are able to achieve as a team.” Read more

Hockeyroos defeat Great Britain

Friday February 12, 2016 by  

Strikes from Kathryn Slattery, Mariah Williams and Ashleigh Nelson helped the Hockeyroos to secure their first 4-3 victory of the six-match series against Great Britain in Bunbury on Friday night.

Pleased with the Hockeyroos’ performance against world number six Great Britain, Australian Head Coach Adam Commens said, “We played well when we had the ball and pressed even better without it, this helped us create positive opportunities tonight.

“There were moments where our pressure was broken and there are obvious areas that we need to tidy up, however, I was pleased with our overall performance as a team. Read more

Hockeyroos settle for sixth

Sunday December 13, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos have had to settle for sixth place at the World League in Rosario after going down 1-0 to the number one ranked team in the world the Netherlands Sunday morning.

Pleased with the Hockeyroos’ performance against a strong Dutch side, Head Coach Adam Commens believed the girls created good opportunities in what he thought was a fairly even contest.

“This was one of our best performances of the tournament. We really created a lot of chances against the Dutch, it was probably the best we have played against them and we were unlucky to not get a result, however, I’m really happy with our performance all round. Read more

Hockeyroos go down to Germany in shoot-out

Friday December 11, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos lost their World League quarter-final in dramatic circumstances as they relinquished a two goal half time advantage over Germany to draw 2-2 before going down in a shoot-out.

Georgia Nanscawen and Kathryn Slattery had put the Australian women in the driving seat but a double from German captain Lisa Altenberg, including the equaliser less than 60 seconds from full time, forced the shoot-out lottery.

Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds, who was impressive throughout, proved the difference, denying Australia on three occasions in the shoot-out. Read more

Roos claim Oceania Cup title

Sunday October 25, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos have claimed the 2015 Oceania Cup title after defeating Trans-Tasman rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks 2-1 in dramatic circumstances.

It took a shoot-out to separate the two sides after the match had finished 1-1 in regulation time with the Hockeyroos going on to win the shoot-out 2-1, claiming back their 2013 Oceania Cup title.

Hockeyroos head coach Adam Commens said, “It’s always a difficult match against New Zealand and we have brought a very young and inexperienced team here, so to get the result against them at their home ground is a wonderful achievement. Read more

Hockeyroos face Black Sticks for gold

Saturday October 24, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos will face the New Zealand Black Sticks in Sunday’s Oceania Cup gold medal final after drawing with Trans-Tasman rivals 2-2 in their final pool match Saturday afternoon.

Hockeyroos head coach Adam Commens said, “You can see that the Black Sticks have been playing some hard international hockey. We were a little rusty in the first half, however, our second half was significantly better. We made steps forward and it’s going to set up an intriguing encounter tomorrow.

“This tournament is an important part of our selection for World League. We have players that are not here that are well in contention and players here that have an opportunity to show what they are capable of, it’s going to be a difficult task to select our final team. Read more