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The Kookaburras have won the inaugural International Festival of Hockey against the New Zealand Black Sticks this evening, winning the final 3-1 with goals from Trent Mitton, Chris Bausor and Jeremy Hayward.
The first quarter was action packed with the Kookaburras having the opportunity, but narrowly missing several shots on goal with one from Jake Whetton so close it hit the post much to the dismay of the crowd.
Quarter time came with a nil – all score after the Aussies continually pressed the Black Sticks. Going into the second quarter and Trent Mitton celebrating his 100th cap, made a break for goal but the Black Sticks managed to rally their defence and avoid giving the Kookaburras the lead. Read more
The final session at the International Festival of Hockey for the Hockeyroos and the Indian Eves saw Australia come out on top finishing with a 3-1 score line, winning the three-game test in the process.
Brooke Peris, Gabi Nance And Jordyn Holzberger were Australia’s goal scorers who helped the team come back from being down 0-1 at half time.
The Indian Eves were first to score, with captain Vandana Katariva flicking in a field goal in the 17th minute of play to give the visitors an early advantage. Read more
Saturday November 26, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
The Kookaburras have dominated the match against Malaysia today at the International Festival of Hockey, with a 5–nil win thanks to some fantastic goals from Jake Whetton, Scott Boyde, Aaron Kleinschmidt and Aran Zalewski.
The first quarter of the game saw some scrappy hockey as both the Kookaburras and Malaysia fought to take ownership of the play. It was Jake Whetton however who gave the Aussies an early advantage, tapping the ball from directly in front of the net sending it straight in past the Malaysian keeper.
Minutes later and Australia were looking dangerous again with some team work by Dylan Wotherspoon and Trent Mitton getting the Kookaburras close to scoring a second, but this time keeper Kumar Subramiam cleared the ball. Read more
Friday November 25, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
The Hockeyroos have dominated their second game against India at the International Festival of Hockey defeating the visitors 4-1 with goals from Kathryn Slattery, Georgia Nanscawen, Ashlea Fey and Edwina Bone.
The Australians had a solid start with a penalty corner opportunity less than a minute in to the first quarter and although the flick went high of the net they maintained control of the ball. Eight minutes in and the game improved for the Hockeyroos with Kathryn Slattery flicking in a sly one from the left-hand side of the net.
The second goal for the Hockeyroos came in the 26th minute of play, with Laura Barden making a fantastic pass down to the Australian circle, before Victorian Georgia Nanscawen managed to flick the ball straight into the net for a stunning goal. Read more
Thursday November 24, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
The Kookaburras defeated the Black Sticks on day two of the International Festival of Hockey with a golden double from Kieran Govers and a goal from Aaron Kleinschmidt.
Six minutes into the game and New Zealand were a chance with a break away sprint down to their circle, however Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell managed to knock the ball away and within seconds it was down in the Australian circle.
Making the most of the opportunity Jake Whetton took a shot on goal, and the hit on a deflection was tapped in by returning Kookaburra Kieran Govers. Only a minute later and Govers worked his magic again, scoring his second field goal from a deflection off the post, giving the Kookaburras an early 2–nil lead over the Black Sticks. Read more
Wednesday November 23, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
The International Festival of Hockey kicked off at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre today, with the Hockeyroos taking part in a three-game test against India, and the Kookburras in a four nations competition with India, Malaysia, and New Zealand.
The Kookaburras came away with a 3–2 win over India, while the Hockeyroos were defeated by India 1–nil.
The Hockeyroos took on India first, and quarter one saw both teams pressing without any luck converting goals. India were the first up on the board after Rani managed to score a penalty corner at the 21st minute of the match, leaving the Hockeyroos going into the half time break knowing they had some work to do. Read more
Sunday February 21, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helped the Hockeyroos to break the series deadlock 3-2 with Great Britain in the final match of the series at the Perth Hockey Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Despite Great Britain’s late second half goals by Sophie Bray and Joie Leigh, the Hockeyroos finished the series off strongly, with Georgina Morgan, Emily Smith and Grace Stewart helping Australia to earn a second match victory.
Pleased with Australia’s performance, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I’m really pleased with today’s result. I thought we were fantastic up until late in the fourth quarter, when we had a number of our players off. Read more
Saturday February 20, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
Sunday’s sixth and final test will be the decider between the Hockeyroos and Great Britain after their third draw of the series in Perth. Georgie Parker’s deflection helped the Hockeyroos to bounce back from a one goal deficit moments after the halftime break.
After a delayed start due to a watering failure, Australian forward Georgie Parker retaliated Sarah Haycroft’s late second quarter strike for Great Britain exactly one minute after the halftime break, equalising the match 1-1.
Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I thought our intensity levels were a little bit low in the first half, we had a late start and the heat contributed to our slow first quarter. Read more
Thursday February 18, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
Emily Smith’s skilful strike helped the Hockeyroos to a late 2-2 equaliser with Great Britain in their fourth match of the series on Thursday night.
Working together as a team, Georgia Nanscawen and Emily Smith’s strikes held Great Britain back from securing a second win of the series, after two successful penalty corner attempts from Giselle Ansley.
Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “With a lot of youngsters out on the pitch, we saw a performance that had a lot of positives tonight. Read more
Tuesday February 16, 2016 by Media Release - Hockey
Ashleigh Nelson’s equalising goal in the 54th minute of the match, coupled with Great Britain’s missed penalty corner opportunity late on, helped Australia come back from behind to secure a 3-3 draw on the final siren in the third match of the series.
Australia came from behind on three occasions, Gabrielle Nance, Karri McMahon and Nelson pegging back goals from Crista Cullen, Ellie Watton and Helen Richardson-Walsh.
Frustrated with the final result, Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I thought we played well for a new group with the team showcasing seven new players. We combined well to create numerous attacks with Great Britain defending doggedly, however, unfortunately we only ended up with a draw rather than a win.” Read more