Australia produced a flying start at the Men’s and Women’s Oceania Cup in Invercargill, New Zealand. The Kookaburras defeated Samoa 26-0, while the Hockeyroos booked a 16-0 victory over Samoa.
Men: Australia-Samoa 26:0 (13:0)
Goal scorers: Jamie Dwyer 5, Simon Orchard 4, Glenn Turner 3, Luke Doerner 3, Grant Schubert 3, Desmond Abbott 3, Matthew Butturini, Mark Knowles, Fergus Kavanagh, Mark Paterson, Edward Ockenden,
Australia did well to maintain their goal scoring momentum against hockey minnows Samoa today in the opening match of the Oceania Cup in Invercargill, scoring 13 goals in each half.
Australia scored their first in the fifth minute after Samoa started promisingly by successfully defended four consecutive penalty corners.
The Samoans could not hold out the barrage of attack as the game progressed however.
The Kookaburras displayed a range of skills from power reverse strikes to well placed deflections, throughout the match.
Samoa’s first circle penetration resulted in what was also their first penalty corner, with 13 minutes to go, but unfortunately for the Samoans, they could not convert.
Jamie Dwyer scored five goals, Simon Orchard 4, while Luke Doerner, Grant Schubert and Desmond Abbott scored a hat trick apiece. The final score was 26-0 to Australia
Women: Australia-Samoa 16:0 (12:0)
Goal scorers: Ashleigh Nelson 5, Claire Messent 3, Madonna Blyth 2, Nicole Arrold 2, Kate Hollywood 2, Hope Munro, Casey Eastham.
After going into half-time 12 goals down against the Hockeyroos, Samoa managed to stem the flow in the second spell, conceding only four more in the second half.
Samoa put 11 players back on defense and managed to save a number of shots.
However they struggled to clear effectively resulting in long passages of play inside their defensive 25.
For Australia, Ashleigh Nelson was the top goal scorer with five. Claire Messent picked up a hat trick.
Source: Hockey New Zealand
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