Hockeyroos narrow defeat to Netherlands

Sunday June 8, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos will face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on Monday with their World Cup destiny still in their own hands after a pulsating match against the hosts, the Netherlands, ultimately ended in a narrow 2-0 defeat for the Australian women.

Kim Lammers’ near post deflection midway through the second half gave the Dutch the lead before Naomi Van As’s late strike made it 2-0.

It might have been a different outcome but for the heroics of home goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek, whose athleticism and reflexes thwarted Emily Hurtz, Jodie Kenny and Anna Flanagan as Australia came out of the traps quickly. The Hockeyroos’ energy and pressing attack had already caused the Olympic champions problems in the opening few minutes with Georgie Parker creating an early sight of goal before Emily Hurtz saw her deflection fly over the top. Read more

Hockeyroos hold on to beat Belgium

Thursday June 5, 2014 by  

Two goals from Jodie Kenny, including one from the penalty spot, and an Anna Flanagan penalty corner flick ensured the Hockeyroos took a maximum three points with a 3-2 win over Belgium at the World Cup on Thursday.

But it was far from plain sailing for the Hockeyroos, who welcomed back captain Madonna Blyth from injury for her first game of the tournament.

Head Coach Adam Commens said afterwards that he believed missed chances early in the game had contributed to a tight contest later on. Read more

Hockeyroos two from two at World Cup

Monday June 2, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos secured maximum points from their second match at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague as they came from behind to beat Japan 3-2.

Despite needing to rally, National Coach Adam Commens declared it a “satisfying” and “really solid” performance for the team still without injured skipper Madonna Blyth.

The Hockeyroos fell behind against the run of play to a breakaway goal from Yuri Nagai midway through the first period before 2012 World Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan, pulled them back into contention with a low penalty corner goal on the stroke of half time. Read more

Hockeyroos thrilling comeback win over Korea

Saturday May 31, 2014 by  

The Hockeyroos got their World Cup campaign off to the best possible start in testing circumstances as they came from behind to beat Korea 3-2 in The Hague on Saturday.

Missing captain Madonna Blyth to a calf strain sustained in training on Friday, they found themselves behind to a seventh minute goal but rebounded to score three times before holding out for a nervy final five minutes after a late Korean strike.

Emily Hurtz’s neat finish at the back post from Georgie Parker’s threaded pass levelled things in the 12th minute after Eunbl Cheon’s opener and the Hockeyroos made their set pieces count to devastating effect in the second half. Anna Flanagan fired high into the goal from a penalty corner earned on video referral before Casey Eastham won a penalty stroke from a corner, which Flanagan converted low into the bottom of the goal. Read more

Double boost for Hockeyroos

Monday March 24, 2014 by  

Australia’s favourite women’s sports team – the Hockeyroos – has secured a substantial double boost ahead of the forthcoming World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Hockey Australia has announced that National Coach Adam Commens has signed a contract extension to lead the team until after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And in a further boost the team’s major partner, Ausdrill, has taken up an option to extend its association with the iconic national hockey team.

Olympic bronze medal winner Commens, who took charge of the team in January 2011, has committed his future to the Women’s High Performance Program as Australia looks to build on three years of substantive progress. Since his appointment, the Hockeyroos have climbed from seventh to fourth in the global rankings and returned to the podium at world level. Read more

Hockeyroos squad named for Japan series

Wednesday March 12, 2014 by  

Hockey Australia has announced the Hockeyroos squad to take on Japan in a five match Test series in Kalgoorlie and Perth, Western Australia, later this month.

In all, 18 athletes will to travel to Kalgoorlie to play in the opening two Tests before a larger squad of 22 will be called upon for the remaining three fixtures in Perth.

Head Coach Adam Commens will use the matches to continue his assessment of the group ahead of selection for the World Cup, which takes place at the end of April. Read more

Williams’ goal among four Hockeyroo strikes

Sunday January 26, 2014 by  

A first international goal from Mariah Williams and strikes by Jodie Schulz, Kellie White and Georgia Nanscawen earned the Hockeyroos a 4-1 win over South Africa in the third and final match of their three Test series in Cape Town.

Newcastle youngster Williams’ first strike for Australia put the Hockeyroos in control as she added to Jodie Schulz’s earlier goal to put the Aussie women 2-0 up shortly before half time.

Kellie White extended the Hockeyroos’ lead less than ten minutes into the second half before South Africa reduced the deficit through Shelley Russell. Read more

Hockeyroos lose out narrowly in South Africa

Saturday January 25, 2014 by  

Depleted by illness and injury, the Hockeyroos went down narrowly to South Africa overnight in the second of three Tests in Cape Town, losing 1-0 to a solitary Pietie Coetzee strike.

Midway through the second half the experienced star of the South African team converted one of the few chances either side created to seal victory for the hosts against a Hockeyroos side hit by illness and injury.

Despite the result, Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens was pleased with how his team acquitted itself in testing circumstances. “It was really quite a pleasing performance by the players we had available. We’ve got a number of girls injured and Ashleigh Nelson, Casey Eastham and Karri McMahon all ill. Read more

Hockeyroos commence South Africa series with draw

Thursday January 23, 2014 by  

Goals from Emily Smith, Jodie Schulz and Brooke Peris helped the Hockeyroos to a 3-3 draw against South Africa in the first of three Tests in Stellenbosch overnight.

Crookwell forward Smith struck just before half time to level the score at 1-1 following Dirkie Chamberlain’s 14th minute opener before Schulz put the Hockeyroos in front ten minutes into the second half from a trademark penalty corner.

The lead lasted just five minutes before South Africa’s own penalty corner specialist Pietie Coetzee made it 2-2 from a set-piece. Chamberlain’s second goal put the South Africans back in front but there was still time for Peris to secure the draw with five minutes remaining. Read more

Hockeyroos announce South African tour squad

Tuesday January 14, 2014 by  

After rounding off 2013 with a silver medal at the World League Finals the Hockeyroos are back in action this month as they continue preparations for the World Cup with a training camp tour to South Africa.

Head Coach Adam Commens will take his entire 22 athlete National Training Squad to Stellenbosch and will use the opportunity to give further senior international experience to two other athletes; Emily Hurtz of the National Development Squad and Mariah Williams of the National Junior Squad.

The Hockeyroos will play three official Tests against their hosts South Africa and will meet another touring squad, Olympic champions the Netherlands, in a series of uncapped practice matches while there. Read more