Luciana Aymar and Casey Eastham in action
Luciana Aymar and Casey Eastham in action
(Photo: FIH / Hockey Australia)

World No. 2 Argentina defeated the Hockeyroos tonight 2-1 and with the victory, captured the series 1-0 after drawn results in the first two matches. Captained by seven time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, Argentina was too strong tonight against a tired Hockeyroos outfit.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said post game that the Hockeyroos were tired after a heavy training block during the series and “couldn’t keep up the intensity of the Argentineans after half time”. "When you get tired it gets a lot harder to execute the basics skills as you do at other times and today we made those errors when we were stationary."

There are numerous encouraging signs four months out from the London Olympics with Commens saying post game, “one of the really encouraging things through this series has been that we have shown that we have depth throughout the squad and have played numerous players in this series and against Korea recently and there is competition for every position”.

The Hockeyroos began the match with the intensity they’ve shown from the opening two matches, with experienced Hockeyroo Megan Rivers latching onto a loose ball in the circle after an Anna Flanagan Penalty Corner flick in the 6th minute of the match.

Argentina super striker Carla Rebecchi hit back in the 19th minute with a breakaway run from the 25 metre line and passing Toni Cronk in goals. Coming off a double in game two, Rebecchi was looking dangerous again. It didn’t take long into the second half for Rebecchi to score another double through a penalty corner in the 39th minute. Rebecchi capped off an outstanding 3 match series scoring all four of Argentina’s goals.

The Hockeyroos head to the Sunshine Coast next for a 3 Match Series against the USA on April 5, 7 & 8.

Hockey Australia Media Release