Casey Eastham on the move in Australia's 5-0 thrashing of Korea.
(Photo: FIH / Hockey Australia)
The Hockeyroos turned around their poor performance from yesterday with a 5-0 drubbing of World Number 8, Korea at Shenton Park (Perth) on Wednesday. Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said “it was a much improved performance on yesterday. We created a lot of chances today and the result was justified.”
The match began at a frantic pace with the Hockeyroos attempting to undo their poor showing yesterday. The Hockeyroos got off to an ideal start with a field goal to Casey Eastham in the 5th minute of the match, coming from a brilliant cross from young gun Emily Smith.
Megan Rivers and Georgia Nanscawen both played key offensive roles in the first half, proving a handful for the Korean defenders. The resultant forward pressure forced a second goal for the Hockeyroos through Georgie Parker in the 35th minute.
Hockeyroos defenders Anna Flanagan and Kobie McGurk combined well in the back, repelling a number of solid attacks from Korea. Head Coach Adam commens said “defensively we provided ourselves with a far better platform to springboard our attack,”
Eastham continued her excellent 2012 form with a second goal in the 48th minute. The floodgates opened for the Hockeyroos only minutes later when Emily Smith converted a field goal in the 51st minute and Fiona Boyce capitalised on a loose ball in the 56th minute. The 5-0 score line would stand until the final siren sounded.
Australia A again proved too strong for Korean Club team, Korea Telecom in the curtain raiser at Shenton Park. The 3-1 victory to Australia A indicates the great depth of the women’s program. Hockeyroos National Squad player Emily Hurtz snared a double in the first half and 2011 Hockeyroos National squad player Holly Webster scoring the third goal late in the match.
A rest day tomorrow allows the players to freshen up and prepare for Friday nights match at Perth Hockey Stadium at 6pm.
Hockey Australia Media Release