Hockeyroos (2) def Korea (0)
On Sunday, Georgie Parker’s second goal in as many games and a strike from youngster Grace Stewart earned the Hockeyroos a 2-0 victory over Korea in a much improved performance at the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings.
Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens called it a “much improved performance”, adding “we had a lot of opportunities and I’d have liked to score more goals but it was good to get two field goals and to limit Korea to only a few chances.
“We need to tidy up our goal scoring, we need more composure and to get a higher quality of shot on goal but for two games in I’m really pleased with where we are.”
The Australian women remain second in Pool A following Japan’s 6-2 win over Canada. They face the Canadians in their third and final pool match on Tuesday (12pm AEST).
Hockeyroos (1) drew with Japan (1)
Earlier at the weekend, Georgie Parker’s late goal secured a point as the Hockeyroos got their title defence underway with a 1-1 draw against Japan.
Despite their clear dominance for large spells of the match, Australia’s women found themselves behind for much of the contest after Mie Nakashima lifted the ball over goalkeeper Ashlee Wells to open the scoring in the 13th minute.
The Hockeyroos created the bulk of the chances with Japan most dangerous in the opening period when they broke quickly on the counter attack.
“We were a little slow to start and I thought Japan played well in the first quarter but once we got into the game we played well for the next three quarters and created plenty of chances. Japan scrambled at times and cleared a couple of our chances off the line,” said Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens.
Tuesday 5 April – Hockeyroos v Canada – 12pm AEST / 10am AWST
Thursday 7 April – Quarter Finals
Saturday 9 April – Semi Finals
Sunday 10 April - Finals
1. Japan (4 points)
2. Australia (4 points)
3. Canada (3 points)
4. Korea (0 points)
1. China (3 points)
2. New Zealand (3 points)
3. India (0 points)
4. Ireland (0 points)