Hockeyroos reach Super 9s Final

Friday October 18, 2013 by  

It was Jade Close’s 26th birthday but it was skipper Madonna Blyth who had most to celebrate after grabbing a spectacular hat-trick as the Hockeyroos crushed Canada in the International Super Series Hockey 9s on Friday night.

The Canadians will be potential opponents in the game’s traditional format at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year but they were dispatched without mercy as the Australians made the most of the extra-wide goals.

The result means Australia and Argentina will go head to head in Sunday’s final – though they will meet first in the last round-robin match on Saturday – suggesting that the weekend’s action could be a humdinger. Read more

Eight is great for Hockeyroos

Thursday October 17, 2013 by  

It took a while for the Hockeyroos to find their scoring boots, but once they did they put Malaysia to the sword in their opening contest at the International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth tonight.

“We didn’t use the space in the first half but that was something we addressed at half-time, so once we did that it worked well,” said Ashleigh Nelson, who bagged a hat-trick.

The game marked the Hockey 9s comeback for Kobie McGurk following her second knee reconstruction as she joined a Hockeyroos side which featured a mix of youth and experience. Read more

Albertarrio double leads Las Leonas to win

Tuesday October 15, 2013 by  

Despite an Ashleigh Nelson goal that threatened a second half comeback, Australia’s Hockeyroos went down 3-1 to Argentina in the third and final Test in Perth on Tuesday evening.

In a match that celebrated the 350th international appearance of seven times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, it was her young teammate 20 year old Agustina Albertarrio whose two goals proved critical to securing the series win.

Albertarrio’s first, in the 27th minute, was a stunning strike that gave Rachael Lynch in the Australian goal little chance. And a scrambled goal 22 seconds before half time from Ana Rodriguez put the Hockeyroos on the back foot going into the break 2-0 down. Read more

Hockeyroos beat World Champions Argentina

Monday October 14, 2013 by  

Hockeyroos ace Ashleigh Nelson netted Australia’s vital third goal in a 3-2 win over World Champions Argentina in the second of three Tests in Perth on Monday evening.

The 26 year old West Australian’s goal earned the Hockeyroos their first win over Argentina since April 2011, when she again was the winning scorer in a 1-0 win in Sydney.

The Hockeyroos hit the ground running with three goals inside the opening quarter of the match, with Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi retaliating just once before the break before setting up a tense finish with a late goal from close range. Read more

Hockeyroos narrow defeat to World Champs

Saturday October 12, 2013 by  

Australia’s Hockeyroos went down narrowly 1-0 to World Champions Argentina in the first of three test matches in Perth on Saturday evening.

In a competitive clash that featured seven-times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, it was a 43rd minute penalty corner from set piece specialist Noel Barrionuevo that made the difference.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens was pleased with how his side stepped up against the Olympic silver medallists, saying afterwards: “It was a good start with a new group for us. Read more

Home favourites return from injury

Tuesday October 8, 2013 by  

Announcing his Hockeyroos squad for next week’s International Super Series and Tests against World Champions Argentina, Head Coach Adam Commens says he will use the contests to set his side up for the forthcoming Oceania Cup and World League Finals.

Commens today named his squad for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which gets underway at Perth Hockey Stadium a week on Thursday and will be shown on ABC 1.

Amongst a host of star names in the 18-athlete squad, three of the Hockeyroos’ London Olympians are set to return with Jade Close (NSW), Kobie McGurk and Jayde Taylor (both WA) included. For McGurk and Taylor, selection marks a welcome conclusion to lengthy spells sidelined through injury. Read more

Warrender leaves Hockeyroos program

Tuesday September 17, 2013 by  

Hockeyroo Jade Warrender has announced her decision to leave the AIS Hockey Women’s High Performance Program immediately.

Warrender, 21-year old from Orange (NSW), informed Hockeyroos’ management and teammates of her decision to leave the centralised training program in Perth following a period of personal reflection and discussions with coaching staff.

Explaining her decision, she said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the girls. This has been a very difficult personal decision to make but I feel like I need to take a break to refresh and re-evaluate and to rediscover my passion for hockey. Read more

Line-up complete for Hockey 9s

Monday August 26, 2013 by  

The line-up for hockey’s 2013 International Super Series Hockey 9s is complete with the women’s teams of Canada and Malaysia added to the bill for what promises to be the most hotly contested edition of the innovative 9-a-side tournament.

Canada and Malaysia will join Australia’s Hockeyroos and world champions Argentina in the women’s competition in Perth, WA. The line-up for the men’s tournament sees Australia’s world champ Kookaburras go up against Argentina, Pakistan and Malaysia.

The fixtures for the October tournament have also been released with tickets available through Ticketmaster. Read more

Hockey 9s to host World Champions Argentina

Tuesday July 23, 2013 by  

World Champions Argentina will join Australia’s Hockeyroos and Kookaburras at the top of the bill for hockey’s family friendly four day extravaganza, the International Super Series Hockey 9s, in Perth this October.

The women’s World Champs were one of five top teams announced as tickets went on sale today.

From 17-20 October, Perth Hockey Stadium will play host to some of the world’s top hockey superstars with Australia’s very own Kookaburras and Hockeyroos joined for the first time by Argentina’s women’s team, and the men’s teams of Pakistan and Malaysia. Read more

Hockeyroos win World League Final in London

Monday July 1, 2013 by  

Australia’s Hockeyroos turned it on to win the final of the Investec World League round three tournament in style with an uncompromising, first class performance that the hosts England struggled to cope with.

A commanding and highly exciting 3-0 win in the ‘Ashes’ clash was the reward for their efforts, although it might have been more had the Hockeyroos not had two goals disallowed on appeal.

Ashleigh Nelson (WA) and Kellie White (NSW) combined to put the Hockeyroos ahead early in the first half as White set up Nelson on the back post, before White herself doubled Australia’s lead after good work by Eddie Bone (ACT). Read more