|October 7th, 2012|
|24||Gold||4:30pm||AUS - USA||6 - 1 (3 - 1)||Final|
Australia reclaimed their place at the top table with a comprehensive victory over USA to claim the big prize, the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I title, along with a place back in the Champions Trophy. Despite an early wobble when Rachel Dawson clipped home a sweet penalty corner, the Hockeyroos had too much power allied to their forward guile to outdo a spirited US challenge.
They did ship a third minute penalty corner that the rangy Dawson smacked home via a deflection but once Jade Close had snapped up an equaliser, there was just one side in the ascendancy. It was a very neat piece of work as Casey Eastham controlled a bouncing ball into her general vicinity and the diminutive striker bounced the ball over Jackie Kintzer and in.
Georgia Nanscawen applied a deft finish to complete a counter-attack move, sliding into the bottom right corner in the 24th minute. Close’s delicious reverse-stick effort extended the margin further, a classy finish for a 3-1 half-time lead. Australia came out quickly again in the second half and virtually put the game to bed as Emily Smith smashed down the middle her side’s fourth goal in the 37th minute. From there, the final endured a bit of a lull as USA attempted to gain a foothold in the tie but could not break through.
And the Hockeyroos finished with a flourish, scoring two corners in the closing 11 minutes, with Jodie Schulz on the mark twice, picking out the bottom left corner. For the US, it was a second successive final defeat in this level of competition, denied the last time by Japan in 2011. They received some recompense as Katie O'Donnell was named player of the tournament while Emily Hurtz was given the top scorer award for her five goals.
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:39 am||Australia and USA have just tipped off in the final with umpire Carol Metchette standing in her final international!|
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:39 am||It's her 134th game after two Olympics and numerous other accolades|
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:40 am||And USA are off to a flyer, Rachel Dawson thumping home a deflected penalty corner hit, AUS 0 USA 1, 3mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:47 am||After USA's early incursion, Australia are now controlling most of the play but yet to find a clear shot, AUS 0 USA 1|
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:53 am||Australia level, Close finishes off after sharp work from Eastham, controlling a bouncing ball, AUS 1 USA 1, 17mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:01 am||Top class counter attack from Australia and Georgia Nanscawen picks out the bottom corner, AUS 2 USA 1, 24mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:09 am||Close grabs her second of the game, a delicious reverse-stick shot from the top of the circle, AUS 3 USA 1, 33mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:13 am||Half-time: Australia 3 (Close 2, Nanscawen) USA 1 (R Dawson), great fightback from the Hockeyroos after a dodgy start|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:26 am||Whirlwind to the second half from Australia and Smith caps it with a smash down the middle, AUS 4 USA 1, 39mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:39 am||Since Australia's fourth goal, USA have gotten a foothold but can't break down the Aussie defence, AUS 4 USA 1, 52mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:46 am||Schulz plants a low drag-flick past Kintzer's stick side and its now AUS 5 USA 1, 59mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:56 am||Australia finish with a flourish, believe Boyce got the final touch to Schulz's flick, AUS 6 USA 1, 68mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:59 am||Final score: Australia 6 (Close 2, Schulz, Smith, Nanscawen, Boyce) USA 1 (R Dawson)|
|October 07th, 2012 at 11:59 am||After an early wobble, Australia were the dominant force, capping a fine week in which they were the stand-out side|
|October 07th, 2012 at 12:13 pm||Katie O'Donnell has been named Player of the Tournament; Emily Hurtz was given top scorer for her five goals|