Australia 9 defeated Canada 2
AUS – Nicole Arrold FG 13m PC 35m, Wendy Alcorn PC 18m FG 32m, Suzie Faulkner PS 30m FG 47m PC 61m, Kate Hollywood FG 62m, Kim Walker PC 66m; CAN – Stephanie Jameson PC 25m, Deb Cuthbert FG 51m
The first two matches saw the Hockeyroos struggle in attack, failing to capitalise on their opportunities and set plays, however tonight was a different story with five different goal scorers and four of their nine goals coming from set plays.
"They worked hard tonight," national coach Frank Murray said.
"We converted a few opportunities, still missed some too though, but our strikers are starting to work better as a unit."
Suzie Faulkner and Wendy Alcorn both showed some ominous form in attack for the Hockeyroos, their pace and scrapping to keep the ball in their attacking half paying off with three and two goals respectively.
While the strikers worked well together,
"We used a couple of variations that we haven't tried before that worked tonight. The team have learnt that they have to convert the opportunities when they come their way,"
Nicole Arrold opened the scoring for the Hockeyroos after Alcorn sliced her way through the Canadian defence then perfectly timed a cross goal pass to an open Arrold who had no trouble hitting it into the back of the net.
Alcorn herself then got in the action with a well worked penalty corner play in the 18th minute, giving the Australians a two-nil lead. That lead was short lived though when
The Hockeyroos piled on three goals in quick succession before half time when Faulkner drew a penalty stroke and had no trouble converting it at 30 minutes; two minutes later Sarah Taylor, in her 100th game, ran the ball into attack, drew the Canadian defence, and found an open Alcorn who hit her second; while three minutes after that Arrold also scored her second through another well worked penalty corner play.
The second half was much the same as the first with the Hockeyroos piling on four goals to
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