Australian Hockeyroos have bounced back against the New Zealand Black Sticks with a 3-0 win in Oamaru on Tuesday.
After going down 1-0 in game one, and failing to make the most of their opportunities, the Hockeyroos quickly rebounded with an impressive effort that saw them dominate possession and control the game.
Nic Arrold, Mel Twitt and Emma Stewart (nee Meyer) worked the ball beautifully through defense and the midfield, while Madonna Blyth, with two goals, and Megan Rivers, one, were also solid in creating multiple circle penetrations and shots on goal.
Fired up after their loss, the match began at a frenetic pace with both teams battling for the ascendancy, the Hockeyroos gaining the advantage in the 16th minute after Madonna Blyth pounced on a rebound and struck a goal from eight metres out.
Nine minutes later she scored her second through a great passage of play down the left wing that saw Walker dish off to Liddelow who passed off to Blyth, who then gave it to Attard, before receiving it back again in the circle and finishing off with a goal.
2-0 up at half time the Hockeyroos soon made it 3-0 when a shot on goal was blocked by the keeper, the rebound falling to Rivers who had no troubles scoring her sixth international goal in the green and gold.
With a three goal lead the Hockeyroos continued to pressure the Black Sticks, resulting in them turning the ball over, and while they had a few more opportunities to score the game ended with no addition to the score and a strong 3-0 win.
"We played some pretty good hockey," said national coach, Frank Murray.
"It was a very good game, New Zealand had some chances and were always threatening but we made the most of our opportunities. We were more assertive through the midfield and our constant pressure on the New Zealanders was pleasing."
"New Zealand are a very good side, they were very good in 05 but towards the end of the year they had a series of injuries that really hurt them. Those players are now back and a few of the younger players are getting better so they're going to be a real threat to the top teams."
Source: Hockey Australia
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