World League Silver for Hockeyroos

Monday December 9, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos had to settle for silver at the inaugural World League tournament in Tucuman as an inspired Dutch comeback saw the Olympic champion Netherlands claim the gold medal, cancelling out Australia’s half time advantage to win 5-1.

Canberra’s Anna Flanagan, the 2012 World Young Player of the Year, had given the Hockeyroos a dream start with a penalty corner goal in the sixth minute and the Aussie women held strong to lead 1-0 at the break.

But a whirlwind spell in the second half saw the Dutch score twice in a minute to turn the game on its head with Kitty van Male making it 3-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining. As the Hockeyroos pushed upfield in search of their own comeback the clinical Dutch forward line added two more goals late on. Read more

Hockeyroos win Hockey’s “Ashes” clash

Sunday December 8, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos will be going for gold at the World League Finals after a stunning 3-0 win over rivals England in their semi-final. It was a confident performance from the Hockeyroos in the match dubbed “hockey’s ashes” with Jodie Schulz, Georgie Parker and Karri McMahon all finding the back of the net in a period of less than ten minutes either side of half time.

Australia dominated the match and found themselves denied a much greater margin of victory by English goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who thwarted, amongst others, Ashleigh Nelson on three first-half occasions.

The Hockeyroos will face the winner of the second semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina at 9pm local time on Sunday evening, 11am AEDT / 8am AWST on Monday morning. Read more

Hockeyroos surge into Semi Finals

Friday December 6, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos are through to the semi-final of the World League after a dramatic shoot-out victory over European Champions Germany in searing heat in Tucuman, Argentina.

The nail-biting finish saw Madonna Blyth, Kellie White, Georgie Parker and Claire Messent all hold their nerve to score the Hockeyroos’ first four shoot-out attempts with goalkeeper Rachael Lynch proving her expertise between the posts with two fine saves. The match went down to the wire after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Victory assures the Hockeyroos of a shot at the medals with a semi-final against either England or Korea on the cards. Read more

Rampant ‘Roos reach Quarter Finals in style

Wednesday December 4, 2013 by  

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens says “the tournament begins now” after Australia’s women sealed a commanding 5-1 win over rivals New Zealand to set up a crunch quarter-final clash with either Germany or Korea at the World League Finals in Argentina.

Kellie White’s superb individual tomahawk strike into the top corner of the net – her second goal of the game – was the stand-out strike in five for the Hockeyroos for whom Georgie Parker, Ashleigh Nelson and Jodie Schulz were also on target.

The result keeps the Australian women top of their pool and facing a possible quarter-final against European Champions Germany, unless Argentina beat Korea by eight goals or more in the final match of the round. In the event that the Hockeyroos finish second in Pool B, they will face Korea in the quarter-finals. Read more

Smith double helps Hockeyroos beat China

Monday December 2, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos picked up all three points on day two of the World League Finals in Argentina and, at least temporarily, climbed to the top of Pool B following a 5-1 win over world number seven China.

First half goals from Victorian Claire Messent and New South Wales’ Kellie White, a brace of close range second half tap-ins from White’s Crookwell compatriot Emily Smith and a late penalty corner from Queenslander Jodie Schulz earned Australia’s women victory.

The Hockeyroos dominated from start to finish, racing into a two goal lead midway through the first half. Their only set-back came in the form of a penalty corner strike by China’s Ting Huang shortly before half time but Emily Smith’s first goal restored Australia’s two goal cushion in the opening minute of the second half. Schulz’ late corner was just reward for her efforts in the opening two matches of the competition. Read more

Hockeyroos take point from series opener

Sunday December 1, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos drew 1-1 with hosts Argentina in their opening match at the World League Finals in Tucuman on Sunday morning (Saturday evening in Argentina).

After 70 minutes of the thrilling end-to-end attacking spectacle nothing could separate the two sides although that was a much to do with the performances of both defences.

The Hockeyroos fell behind in the 14th minute to Delfina Merino’s near post deflection but as their confidence grew throughout the first half, Australia’s women found themselves deservedly level at 1-1 thanks to an own goal just before the break. Anna Rodriguez was the unfortunate defender that turned Casey Eastham’s cross beyond her goalkeeper under pressure from Kellie White. Read more

Two-Time Olympian McGurk retires

Monday November 11, 2013 by  

Beijing and London Olympian Kobie McGurk has announced her retirement from international duties after a stellar nine-year career, spanning 185 caps with the Hockeyroos.

McGurk leaves the Hockeyroos program with a longstanding love for the game of hockey. “My passion and love for the game of hockey was never lost. My ability to commit to the Program in its entirety was.”

Debuting against the United States in 2005, McGurk went on to represent Australia at two Olympic Games, a Commonwealth Games, two World Cups and five Champions Trophies. Read more

Hockeyroos play through the pain

Sunday November 3, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos won the Oceania Cup in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon with a sudden death shoot-out victory over trans-Tasman rivals and world number three side New Zealand after the final finished 2-2.

It was an outstanding performance by the Hockeyroos women, many of whom had battled through sickness to play and earn Australia a first Oceania Cup title since 2005.

Captain Madonna Blyth led by example, scoring the crucial equaliser for 2-2 with just eight minutes remaining and keeping her cool to score twice in the shoot-out. Her fellow Queenslander Jordyn Holzberger had given the Hockeryoos an early lead but goals either side of half time from New Zealand’s Sophie Cocks and Kayla Sharland put the Kiwis in the box seats before Blyth struck. Read more

Hockeyroos opening day Oceania defeat

Wednesday October 30, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos narrowly lost their opening Oceania Cup encounter to the tournament hosts New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon, going down 3-2 in a match that could ultimately have gone either way.

First half goals from Kellie White (NSW) and Brooke Peris (NT) overturned an early deficit but Petrea Webster’s equaliser for New Zealand just before half time left the game delicately poised going into the second period.

Both sides created opportunities from penalty corner set pieces but the match was decided with just ten minutes remaining when Sophie Cocks scrambled home from close range after a turnover inside the Australian circle. Read more

Hockeyroos topple Argentina

Sunday October 20, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos swarmed all over Argentina with a committed effort at both ends to claim the gold at the International Super Series. The 3-0 victory came about from an early Australian blitzkrieg before goalkeeper Rachel Lynch would deny Las Leonas time and again, particularly in the second half.

The Hockeyroos claimed their third successive gold at the Hockey 9s event and coach Adam Commens noted the tremendous victory against the quality of the current World Champion Argentines.

“We can see from this performance today that we can match it with Argentina. They’re a really attacking side and very athletic and the bigger ground suits them. Read more