|October 2nd, 2012|
|10||Pool A||1:00pm||AUS - WAL||4 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Australia - Wales: 4-0 (halftime 1-0)
Australia completed its sweep of Pool A with a clear cut 4-0 win over Wales today. It was a David vs. Goliath match-up with the sixth-ranked, undefeated Hockeyroos the clear favorite against 27th-ranked Welsh, but Wales did a good job of keeping the score respectable.
It looked early on like Australia would romp the Welsh when they scored on their first trip down the field just 45 seconds into action. Emily Hurtz netted the goal and ended up with a hat trick in the win. Australia was awarded another handful of penalty corner chances, but they were well-defended by Wales and the Aussies had to settle for a slim 1-0 lead at the break.
The Hockeyroos doubled their lead when Anna Flannagan crossed a perfect pass to the waiting Emily Smith three minutes into the second half. The scoreboard stayed stuck at 2-0 until the last two minutes of play when Hurtz sprung into action with a pair of goals coming just over a minute apart, including a penalty corner marker at the buzzer to bring the final to 4-0.
Australia entered the Champions Challenge 1 on a mission to get back to the Champions Trophy , and so far everything has gone according plan as they are undefeated in pool play with a goal difference of +14 and will face the lowest-ranked team from Pool B in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
|October 02nd, 2012 at 7:07 am||Australia face Wales in the second game of the day, they are 1-0 up after 45 seconds; Hurtz with the touch!|
|October 02nd, 2012 at 7:09 am||Umpires for this game are Emi Yamada (JPN) and Lesley Pieterse (RSA)|
|October 02nd, 2012 at 7:41 am||Half-time and just that early Australian goal separating the sides, AUS 1 WAL 0|
|October 02nd, 2012 at 7:54 am||Emily Smith volleys home from Anna Flanagan's cross for Australia to make it 2-0, 38mins gone|
|October 02nd, 2012 at 8:24 am||Hurtz finally breaks through Maggs Rees' defenses to make it 3-0 with two minutes to go, AUS 3 WAL 0, 68mins|
|October 02nd, 2012 at 8:27 am||Final whistle penalty corner goal from Emily Hurtz, completing her hat-trick, makes it AUS 4 WAL 0|