Australian Hockeyroos ends trans-Tasman series with 2-1 win over New Zealand Black Sticks

The new Hockeyroos has successfully returned to international hockey after taking a 2-0 trans-Tasman series win over New Zealand in Auckland.

The number two in the world Hockeyroos started on Sunday in the fourth and final game in the box-seat after a win and two draws earlier in the series.

But the series was on edge after Black Sticks captain Megan Hull scored in the 14th minute against the course of play.

Goals from Rebecca Greiner and Brooke Peris won the Hockeyroos 2-1, giving the Australian women’s hockey team the lead in their first international series since last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Ashlee Wells, Rachael Lynch and Kate Jenner all retired after the Hockeryoos’ shocking loss in the quarterfinals to India in Tokyo.

Hockeyroos coach Katrina Powell selected 11 players with 17 caps or less for the series against New Zealand.

The Hockeyroos’ intention to complete the series was clear from the start on Sunday.

Hannah Cullum-Sanders narrowly missed the end of a searching Shanea Tonkin pass from close range, and the Hockeyroos got four penalty corners within the first four minutes.

Hull’s goal threw the game wide open when New Zealand faced a shock, but the Hockeyroos were able to equalize in the 23rd minute thanks to a strong build-up play.

Courtney Schonell, who made his first appearance in the series, did well to keep the ball high in the circle before sending it into a dangerous spot for Greiner, who managed to get a crucial touch that cleared the ball under goalkeeper Brooke Roberts. and over dripped. the goal line.

Four minutes into the third quarter, the Hockeyroos were up front when a superb pass from Steph Kershaw found Peris at full speed behind the Black Sticks defence.

With goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon just coming in to beat in the goal, Peris seized the opportunity with confidence and struck her shot from the back beautifully over the advancing keeper to score her third goal of the series.

The win in the series will give Hockeyroos a boost in confidence in the run-up to the Women’s World Cup and Commonwealth Games.


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