The Australia women’s team looms as the team to beat at the upcoming Spar Cup, defeating India 7-0.
The Spar Cup will be played in South Africa from 2-6 June with the Hockeyroos facing Argentina, India and South Africa, who the Hockeyroos also recently defeated twice late last week.
Young gun Casey Eastham opened the Hockeyroos scoring at the 8 minute mark, converting a penalty corner.
This was quickly followed only minutes later by a penalty corner conversion to Madonna Blyth, who is in her first series as co-captain following the retirements of former captains Melanie Wells and Nikki Hudson.
Having established a two goal lead, the Hockeyroos continued to work hard, with Emily Hurtz scoring the first of her two goals just prior to half time.
Despite trailing on the scoreboard it was India who started the second half the better of the two teams, threatening the Hockeyroos goal on many occasions. However the Hockeyroos were able to respond, with veteran Nicole Arrold settling the game to score at the 51 minute mark.
Three goals in the last ten minutes sealed the victory for the Hockeyroos.
Despite the impressive score line, coach Frank Murray said there was still room for improvement, although highlighted the great work of Emily Hurtz in only her third international match.
“It was an inconsistent performance. India put our defence under pressure at the beginning of both halves. Eventually our midfielders worked hard to regain the ascendency, with Emily Hurtz providing a hard working target up front,” said Murray.
Hope Munro, Madonna Blyth, Stacia Joseph and Kate Hollywood were also amongst the Hockeyroos best players.
Source: Hockey Australia
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