Women Hockey: Australia A gets defeated by the World Champions on first day of Canberra series

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  • Women Hockey: Australia A gets defeated by the World Champions on first day of Canberra series

Women's Hockey World Champions Argentina defeated Australia A by 2-0 in the first match of Canberra series that was held at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham on April 1.

The host team was found firm and steady in the opening minutes of the match, taking good control over the ball and attempting passes to each other. However, the opening score was attempted from the Las Leonas squad by Maria Silvina D’elia.

She shot the ball at Rachael Lynch, the Australian goalkeeper, from the top of the circle in the 20th minute penalty corner. The ball was deflected off of Lynch’s pads into the goal.

It was not long when Australia A got a chance to counter the opponent’s attack until Georgie Parker spotted a gap, standing at the top of the circle.

The pass to Georgia Nanscawen by Parker went far from her reach, thus, losing the opportunity to level the goal score at one on one.

The strong defence demonstrated by both the team ends disallowed any further goals on the scoreboard, closing the first half at 1-0 score lead by Argentina.

The second half started off with Australia A dominating the field with the ball possession. Emily Hurtz, a proven striker of the host team was on the front foot to deliver attacks at the opponent’s circle.

However, the trailing team was not lucky enough to secure a goal for themselves. Lynch kept deflecting the Argentinean attacks until another penalty corner that was awarded to the guest team in the closing minutes of the match.

With six minutes left on the clock, Argentina conceded their second goal as a result of the penalty corner. This goal was struck by Maria Barrionuevo in the 64th minute, taking the lead to 2-0 over Australia A.

Even though Australia A squad lost the match, the team performed very well together and maintained a good competition standard in the field throughout the match. Precisely, Elise Stacy, Kate Jenner and Kary Chau were the outshining stars of the day from the Australian squad.

The forthcoming matches for the Canberra series are scheduled as below:

April 2 Hockeyroos v Argentina

April 3 Hockeyroos v Australia A

April 4 Australia A v Argentina

April 5 Hockeyroos v Argentina

Soon after the conclusion of Canberra Series, the Hockeyroos and the Las Leonas will play a two-test series against each other in Sydney.

The Sydney series will be played at the venue Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre on 8 and 9 April.

This series will feature a totally different Hockeyroos squad that includes Teneal Attard, Madonna Blyth, Fiona Boyce, Jade Close, Toni Cronk, Jill Dwyer, Casey Eastham, Holly Evans, Bianca Greenshields, Marnie Hudson, Kate Jenner, Rachael Lynch, Kobie McGurk, Kandice Olivieri, Ashleigh Nelson, Jodie Schulz, Jayde Taylor, Renee Trost, Jade Warrender and Kellie White.

 

 

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