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

Hockeyroos defeat Japan

Friday December 5, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos are through to the semi finals of the Champions Trophy for the first time since 2009 after a stunning opening quarter against Japan yielded three goals in a one-sided 4-1 win in Mendoza.

The result will see the Australian women pitched against the winner of the third quarter final between New Zealand and England in the final-four contest on Sunday morning Australian time.

Georgia Nanscawen’s close range diving block rebounded into the goal to give the Hockeyroos a second minute lead before a penalty corner double from Jodie Kenny put Australia in the driving seat just nine minutes in. Read more

Hockeyroos clinical against Germany

Wednesday December 3, 2014 by  

A dominant performance saw the Hockeyroos run out 3-1 winners over European bronze medallists Germany in their Champions Trophy clash in Mendoza, putting themselves in the driving seat to top Pool B.

Clinical finishing in the final third of the pitch saw Georgia Nanscawen, Jodie Kenny and Emily Smith all find the target to maintain the Hockeyroos’ unbeaten run, with Germany’s Franzisca Hauke netting a late consolation.

The margin of victory might have been greater had Emily Smith’s snap shot not cannoned off the crossbar and German goalkeeper Yvonne Frank not made a string of saves to deny the likes of Kathryn Slattery and Gabi Nance. Read more

Australia remain top despite draw

Monday December 1, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos remain top of Pool B at the women’s Champions Trophy after a 1-1 draw with hosts and defending champions Argentina in Mendoza.

Emily Smith’s well taken goal out of nothing shortly before half time put the world number two Australians ahead at the break, but eight-times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar levelled with eight minutes remaining to deny the Hockeyroos all three points.

In a thoroughly absorbing contest, both sides had chances to win it late on. With five minutes remaining, Jodie Kenny was denied by an outstanding leg save from Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi while at the other end, Kenny was also on hand to clear a last minute penalty corner from in front of goal. Read more

Kenny corner earns Hockeyroos win

Sunday November 30, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos’ Champions Trophy campaign is up and running after Jodie Kenny’s penalty corner double earned Australia’s women a 2-1 win over England in Mendoza.

Australia came out of the blocks quickly and were ahead after just six minutes through Kenny’s drag flick, which found the back of the net via a slight deflection.

However, England, runners-up to the Hockeyroos at the Commonwealth Games in August, equalised five minutes into the third quarter through Ellie Watton, who scored from the edge of the circle after finding herself in behind the Australian back line. Read more

Knowles and Sablowski take top awards​

Thursday October 30, 2014 by  

Hockey Australia crowned its top athletes at a glamorous awards night at the Aviary in Perth on Wednesday with the announcement of its Player of the Year, Top Goal Scorer and Player of the World Cup awards.

​Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles was the evening’s big winner scooping men’s Player of the Year and sharing the Kookaburras’ Player of the World Cup award with teammate Eddie Ockenden.

​Casey Sablowski [née Eastham] picked up the Hockeyroos’ Player of the Year award after her supreme consistency and outstanding performances helped the Australian women to a year of multiple medal successes, including World Cup silver and Commonwealth Games gold. Read more

New faces join World and Commonwealth medallists

Tuesday October 14, 2014 by  

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens has announced his 27-athlete training squad in preparation for November’s Champions Trophy in Argentina, and a warm-up Test series against New Zealand in Wellington. The announcement comes following the conclusion of the Australian Hockey League (AHL) powered by Premier Technology Solutions.

The selection demonstrates a desire to offer more opportunity for a broader group of athletes to experience top level international competition with a view towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond. Commens and the selection panel have also taken the chance to provide several senior athletes with a well-earned rest period following an intensive couple of years.

From the 27-athlete group, a squad of 18 will be selected in the first week of November to take part in a three Test series against the New Zealand Black Sticks women in Wellington before heading to the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina. Read more

Hockeyroos win Commonwealth Games gold

Sunday August 3, 2014 by  

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out.

Trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out. Read more

Hockeyroos win World Cup silver medal

Sunday June 15, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos are expected to rise to second in the world rankings after winning the silver medal at the World Cup on Saturday, going down 2-0 to the host nation, the Netherlands. It is the Australian women’s third World Cup silver medal, adding to those won in 1990 and 2006.

The official world rankings will be released next week by the International Hockey Federation but following England’s 11th place finish, Argentina’s bronze medal and Australia’s runners-up berth they should overtake those two sides in the standings.

First half goals from Maartje Paumen and Kim Lammers proved decisive with Emily Hurtz coming closest for Australia when her early shot was cleared from the Dutch goal line, while Jodie Kenny also saw a penalty corner well saved by Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek. Read more