The Hockeyroos have finished off in the best possible fashion at the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s, treating fans to a wonderful game and defeating India 4-1 in Sunday’s final in Perth.
After taking a few games to adjust to the new rules introduced at the tournament including having only 9 players per side, bigger goals and more relaxed rules on stick and foot violations, the Hockeyroos put it all together today, using their fitness and superior skill to dominate India.
The Hockeyroos didn’t have it all their own way early, conceding the first goal of the match.
However the Hockeyroos continued to dominate possession, with exciting teenager Kellie White getting her team on the board with an exceptionalreverse stick shot of Australia’s long corner to make it 1-1.
India fought gallantly against the home team and proved themselves as a worth contender for the gold medal. However the second half belonged to the Hockeyroos, scoring three unanswered goals as the game opened up.
Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said he believed the new tournament was a success, with the new rules creating more exciting play as his team adjusting to the rules as the tournament continued.
“They were learning how to play this form of the game and certainly our last performance was our best one which is what we like to see, the progression through the tournament and I’m really happy to get a result in the grand final and at 4-1 it was a good performance.
I think it’s an exciting form of the game and we need to embrace it. I think that in the future we will see it become very popular with the crowds and that’s what we need to promote our sport,” said Commens.
More information about the tournament can be found on Hockey Australia's official website, www.hockey.org.au
Source: Hockey Australia Media Release
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