Hockeyroos open account in Champions Trophy
THE Australian women’s hockey team has recorded its first win at the Champions Trophy in London, downing New Zealand 3-1.
After a 2-2 draw with the United States to open the six-team tournament, the world No.3-ranked Hockeyroos opened their account thanks to goals from Emily Smith, Jodie Kenny and Grace Stewart.
“It was a fantastic performance. I was very pleased with how the girls went about their business and how they improved from game one to game two,” Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said.
“I thought our defence was far more consistent today. We were just a little bit loose against the USA. It’s something we addressed and I thought we were much better today.
“New Zealand are a high-class team and they still got a number of opportunities. We’ll have a look at those and see if we can tighten up for our upcoming match.”
It was a milestone game for Hockeyroo Karri McMahon, who played in her 100th international.
“It feels very, very special to celebrate 100 games for the Hockeyroos. It was an amazing atmosphere against New Zealand and what a wonderful way to top it off with a win today,” she said.
Emily Smith opened the scoring in the third minute for the Hockeyroos, the ball looping off goalkeeper Sally Rutherford and into the net, but the world No.4 Black Sticks responsded immediately through captain Anita McLaren from a penalty corner.
Drag-flick specialist Jodie Kenny restored the Hockeyroos’ lead in the second-quarter, sending the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Grace Stewart rounded out the scoring in the 40th minute, finshing off a length-of-the-field counter-attack by sinking a backstick shot high into the net.
The Hockeyroos next play world No.2-ranked Argentina tomorrow night (AEST).