Slattery sinks Argentina

Thursday April 16, 2015 by  

West Australian youngster Kathryn Slattery’s early goal and an improved team performance helped the Hockeyroos to a crucial 1-0 quarter-final victory over Argentina at the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

The match between the world number two Hockeyroos and number three Las Leonas was a tight affair in which the Australians enjoyed much the better of the attacking opportunities in the first half before being called upon to defend resolutely as Argentina sought a way back into the contest in the latter stages.

The result sees the Australian women through to Saturday’s semi-final against China, who had earlier beaten Japan on a shoot-out. Read more

‘Roos draw with India, advance to quarter finals

Tuesday April 14, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos will face 2014 Champions Trophy gold medallists Argentina in the Hawke’s Bay Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, after the girls in green and gold were unable to find the back of the net Tuesday night, resulting in a 0-0 draw with India, in their final pool match of the tournament.

Pleased with the Hockeyroos’ energy throughout the match, Head Coach Adam Commens said afterwards, “One of the things we tried to do after our last match was to have some fluidity through the pitch, and I think we had that tonight as well as creating ourselves some good opportunities.”

“We’re having difficulties in scoring and I’m unsure of why that is. We are training well and we certainly have a range of shots that we can use to finish off with.” Read more

Blyth and Kenny earn ‘Roos their second draw

Sunday April 12, 2015 by  

A goal four minutes after the starting whistle by Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth and another by Jodie Kenny seconds before the halftime siren helped the Australian women to a 2-2 draw with China in their second pool match of the Hawke’s Bay Cup.

The Hockeyroos opened up the scoring in four minutes of the starting whistle. Teamwork paid dividends for Crookwell’s Emily Smith and skipper Madonna Blyth. Picking up the ball at the top of the circle, Smith took a quick shot on goal with Blyth getting the last touch, setting the lead up, 1-0.

Yang Peng scored the equaliser for China at the 26th minute mark after netting her drag flick off the back of a penalty corner. Hockeyroos goalkeeper Ashlee Wells was unable to deny Peng’s on-target flick, resulting in China locking the score 1-1. Read more

Smith scores equaliser

Saturday April 11, 2015 by  

The Hockeyroos settled for a 1-1 draw with the USA in their first match of the Hawke’s Bay Cup after Emily Smith’s equaliser wasn’t enough for the girls in green and gold to finish atop of their opponents.

Neither team were able to break through their opponent’s robust defence in the first quarter of the match. Despite each being awarded a penalty corner, Australia and the USA were unable to convert their attacking opportunities.

Nearly halfway through the second quarter, the USA broke through the Australian defence at the 22nd minute mark, netting their first goal off the back of a penalty corner. Melissa Gonzalez stepped up to the top of the circle, flicking the ball past Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch and pushing the USA in front, 1-0. Read more

Hockeyroos hit back to beat China

Monday April 6, 2015 by  

Mariah William’s perseverance and Jodie Kenny’s penalty prowess powered the Hockeyroos to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over China to tie the series in Sydney on Easter Monday.

Renee Taylor in a duel for possession during game three.
Photo courtesy of Peter McAlpine. More photos available here

Having fallen behind against the run of play to Xi Xiayun’s second quarter penalty corner, Williams hit back early in the third, converting at the second attempt following a good save from Li Dongxiao.

Zhang Xiaoxue’s instant response at the other end put the visitors back in front but when Brooke Peris’ goal-bound shot was illegally blocked by the body of a Chinese defender, Kenny stepped up to flick home the resulting penalty stroke and level the match 2-2.

And it was Kenny who would ultimately help the Hockeyroos take victory, as she did so often last year, with a penalty corner conversion four minutes from full time. Read more

Nanscawen’s equaliser helps Hockeyroos to draw

Saturday April 4, 2015 by  

A goal two minutes before half time from Hockeyroos forward Georgia Nanscawen helped the Australian women to a 1-1 draw with China in their second match of the International Challenge in Sydney.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, crowds flocked to Sydney Olympic Park to watch the Hockeyroos battle back in front of a boisterous home crowd after suffering defeat on Thursday evening.

Having absorbed Australia’s early pressure, China were the first to break onto the scoreboard in the 12th minute. Xiaoxue Zhang’s deflected shot sent the ball past Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch’s pads and into back of the goal, pushing China in front with a 1-0 lead. Read more

China outclass Hockeyroos in game one

Thursday April 2, 2015 by  

After four years, the Hockeyroos made their return to the Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday evening, where they won Olympic gold back in 2000. However, on this occasion they finished second, going down 4-1 to China in their first match of the three-game International Challenge.

Madonna Blyth attempts to send the Hockeyroos into attack.
Photo courtesy of Peter McAlpine. More photos available here

The Hockeyroos, featuring a mixture of senior and new faces, battled through the robust Chinese defence throughout the 60 minutes of play but clinical Chinese penalty corners did it for Australia.

China quickly created the first opportunity of the night off the back of a penalty corner after just two minutes; Qiuxia Cui giving them an early 1-0 lead, slotting the ball behind Hockeyroos goalkeeper Ashlee Wells.

Taking the game to the hosts, China made the most of their set pieces, scoring after they were awarded penalty corners in the 26th and 43rd minutes. Both were expertly converted by Mengyu Wang and Quianquian Bao to give the visitors breathing space at 3-0. Read more

Three to debut in Sydney

Wednesday March 25, 2015 by  

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens will showcase some of Australia’s most exciting young talent in upcoming Easter fixtures against China in Sydney with three young NSW athletes and two young Queensland players named amongst an 18-athlete squad.

The selections represent a continuation of Commens’ plans to grow the depth of talent available at the top level of women’s hockey in Australia.

The Hockeyroos will then field four changes at the Hawke’s Bay Festival in New Zealand immediately following the Hockeyroos v China International Challenge as they prepare for June’s Olympic Games qualifying event, the FIH World League Semi Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Read more

Silver for the Hockeyroos

Monday December 8, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos had to settle for silver at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza after going down to the hosts Argentina in dramatic circumstances.

It took a shoot-out to separate the two sides after the match had finished 1-1 in regulation time with Argentina going on to win the shoot-out 3-1. It is Australia’s first Champions Trophy medal since winning silver in 2009.

It was a contest for which the Hockeyroos seemed to have saved some of their best hockey of a hugely successful year. In a game in which the Hockeyroos enjoyed the best of the chances, Kathryn Slattery gave the Australian women the lead shortly after half time with a neat close range touch beyond Belen Succi before Florencia Habif levelled from Argentina’s only penalty corner four minutes later. Read more

Hockeyroos win New Zealand shootout

Sunday December 7, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos can guarantee their place in Monday mornings gold medal match at the 2014 Champions Trophy in Mendoza against either 2014 World Cup Champions the Netherlands or hosts Argentina, after the Hockeyroos won 3-0 on a shootout over trans-tasman rivals, New Zealand Sunday morning.

Goals from Georgia Nanscawen, Karri McMahon and Emily Smith has given the green and gold a chance to claim the 2014 women’s Champions Trophy title after the match went into shootout with scores levelled 1-1 after the final siren.

Georgia Nanscawen was first to take Australia’s shootout, smoothly slotting the ball behind New Zealand’s goalkeeper Georgia Barnetts’ pads giving Australia a 1-0 lead. Read more