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

Rio-bound ‘Roos claim World League bronze

Sunday July 5, 2015 by  

Emily Smith’s 50th international goal and a devastating opening quarter set the Hockeyroos on course to a 4-2 victory over New Zealand to win the bronze medal at the Hockey World League in Antwerp.

The result also officially confirmed the Australian women’s qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Smith’s goal in the third minute and Jane Claxton’s volley just 60 seconds later set the tone for the victory, with Mariah Williams’ goal at the end of the first quarter earning the Hockeyroos a three goal lead at the first break. Read more

Dutch defeat for ’Roos

Friday July 3, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos will contest the bronze medal match against either Korea or New Zealand at the World League in Antwerp after going down 5-1 to the reigning world and Olympic champions, the Netherlands, in their semi-final encounter.

A critical six minute period either side of the quarter-time break made the difference in the clash between the teams ranked number one and two in the world as Australia conceded three goals in quick succession.

Kathryn Slattery’s goal a minute before half time gave the Hockeyroos renewed hope and was reward for an improving performance but Lidewij Welten’s goal at the end of the third period put the result beyond doubt. Read more

Hockeyroos reach semis

Tuesday June 30, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos will be guaranteed qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games if they win just one of their remaining two matches at the Hockey World League after a 2-0 win over Italy in the quarter-finals.

In all likelihood the top four finish already secured as a result of their progress to the semi-finals will be enough to reach Rio 2016 once the count-back system kicks in following the conclusion of the continental championships later in the year.

Penalty corner goals either side of half time from Jodie Kenny and Anna Flanagan put the Hockeyroos through to Thursday’s semi-final and a guaranteed shot at the medals in Antwerp. Read more

Kenny to the ‘four’

Sunday June 28, 2015 by  

Another four goal haul from Jodie Kenny helped the Hockeyroos to a 4-2 victory over India in their final Pool B match at the Hockey World League, setting up a quarter final clash with Italy on Tuesday, who finished in third place in Pool A.

Kenny’s early penalty corner double either side of Vandana Katariya’s fifth minute equaliser set the tone for a pulsating game that twice saw India’s Eves battle back to draw level, only for the Hockeyroos to respond immediately.

Poonam Rani’s scrambled equaliser shortly after half time made it 2-2 but less than 60 seconds later Kenny completed her hat-trick of penalty corner flicks to put Australia’s women back in front. Read more

Blyth’s record breaking game ends in defeat

Friday June 26, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos went down 2-0 to their New Zealand Black Sticks rivals in a typically tight trans-Tasman affair at the Hockey World League, a result that keeps the Australian women in second place in the pool.

Kiwi Anita Punt’s penalty corner goal early in the third quarter was all that separated the sides until the later stages when Ella Gunson found space inside the Australian circle to convert a reverse stick strike from the penalty spot.

Before the match, Australian captain Madonna Blyth was celebrated as the Hockeyroos’ most capped player ever as she took to the field for the 304th time, surpassing former captain and Sydney Olympic gold medallist Nikki Hudson’s 303-game record. Read more

Hockeyroos beat hosts Belgium

Thursday June 25, 2015 by  

Goals from defenders Jodie Kenny and Karri McMahon and the heroics of Ashlee Wells and Madonna Blyth helped maintain the Hockeyroos’ course towards the quarter finals of the Hockey World League as they overcame an energetic Belgian side in Antwerp.

Kenny’s early opener with a trademark top corner drag flick settled early nerves but it took Karri McMahon’s low penalty stroke conversion shortly before the end of the third quarter for Australia to earn true breathing space.

The outcome might have been somewhat different but for a string of saves by goalkeeper Ashlee Wells on her 50th appearance and a stunning diving block by captain Madonna Blyth in front of goal on the day she matched Nikki Hudson’s record 303 appearances for the Hockeyroos. Read more

Kenny nets four in victory over Poland

Sunday June 21, 2015 by  

Jodie Kenny showed she hasn’t missed a beat since last year’s medal successes at the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy, firing four goals in the Hockeyroo’s 9-0 opening salvo at the Hockey World League in Antwerp.

The Queenslander’s three penalty corners and a penalty stroke against Poland were the foundations to the Australian women’s strong start to the competition in which a top three finish will guarantee Olympic qualification.

Georgie Parker, Emily Smith, Kathryn Slattery, Georgia Nanscawen and Madonna Blyth all struck in a match that the Australian women controlled from start to finish. Read more

Hockeyroos claim Hawke’s Bay gold

Sunday April 19, 2015 by  

A late penalty corner drag flick from Jodie Kenny claimed the Hockeyroos a 3-2 victory at the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Cup after being deadlocked with Trans-Tasman rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks in the final minutes of the match on Sunday night.

Speaking after the match Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said, “It wasn’t our prettiest performance tonight, however, ultimately it was a victory. I think tonight we learnt a lot about our team and where we need to be if we want to be consistently winning tournaments. A gold medal is what we came here for and we are satisfied with the final result tonight.”

There was no holding back for the Black Sticks during the start of the semi final, taking an early 1-0 lead after Kiwi Gemma Flynn found herself space running into their attacking circle, netting a quick on target goal one minute after the starting whistle. Read more

‘Roos bag semi final win

Saturday April 18, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos can guarantee their place in Sunday afternoons gold medal match at the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Cup in New Zealand against Trans-Tasman rivals, the New Zealand Black Sticks, after defeating China 3-2 in the semi-final Saturday evening.

The semi-final marked a special milestone for Hockeyroos Captain Madonna Blyth. After playing in the team for more than a decade, Blyth made her 300th appearance in green and gold. She has now become the only second Australian female player to have reached 300 matches, and is three caps off record holder Nikki Hudson’s 303 appearances.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens congratulated Madonna Blyth on her achievement, he said, “It’s an outstanding achievement from Madonna and she played very well this evening.” Read more