Penalty corner specialist Jodie Schulz has helped lead the Hockeyroos to a convincing win in game 1 of a 6 test series vs China, scoring two goals to help record a 3-1 win in Busselton, WA last night.
The win follows on from last week’s championship win at the Lanco International Super Series and will go a long way to providing confidence to the young squad that they are capable of defeating world class teams.
Despite China being ranked 4th in the world and the Hockeyroos 7th, the Hockeyroos controlled the match, and possibly could have won by even more.
It was Schulz, who has proven to be a weapon for the Hockeyroos from penalty corners throughout the year, who gave the Hockeyroos the edge they needed, scoring two first half goals to Australia a vital 2-1 lead at half time.
Goals proved hard to come by in the second half but when Fiona Boyce scored Australia's third goal at the 54 minute mark the result was put beyond doubt.
The Hockeyroos will be hoping to continue this form through the series as they ramp up their preparations for the London Olympics.
Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said he was pleased with the team’s performance.
“It was a very good performance against a world class opponent. Physically we were very good and players in all lines contributed. Our penalty corners were clinical and Jodie Schulz is developing into a real threat,” said Commens.
Jodie Schulz, Jade Warrender, Keliie White and Jill Dwyer were amongst the best players as was Kate Hollywood who returned to the team for the first time in 2011.
Hockeyroos 3 China 1 (2-1 half time)
Goals - Aus Jodie Schulz 17m PC/ 2 PC, china Yudiao Zhao 19m FG, Aus Fiona Boyce 54m PC
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