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November 3, 2013
Hockeyroos and Kookaburras take Oceania Cup titles over hosts New Zealand

Australia's Hockeyroos and Kookaburras have been crowned as the champions of Oceania following tournament final victories over host nation New Zealand on Sunday (3 November).

The Hockeyroos came from behind to take the match to a drama-filled penalty shoot-out before emerging triumphant in Taranaki, while the Kookaburras produced a commanding display to crush the Black Sticks 5-2 to win their eighth consecutive Oceania Cup title.

More information about the matches can be found below. 


Women's Final - Hockeyroos triumph in dramatic-shoot-out
The Hockeyroos won the Oceania Cup in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon with a sudden death shoot-out victory over trans-Tasman rivals and world number three side New Zealand after the final finished 2-2.

It was an outstanding performance by the Hockeyroos women, many of whom had battled through sickness to play and earn Australia a first Oceania Cup title since 2005.

Captain Madonna Blyth led by example, scoring the crucial equaliser for 2-2 with just eight minutes remaining and keeping her cool to score twice in the shoot-out. Her fellow Queenslander Jordyn Holzberger had given the Hockeryoos an early lead but goals either side of half time from New Zealand’s Sophie Cocks and Kayla Sharland put the Kiwis in the box seats before Blyth struck.

The final was Head Coach Adam Commens’ 100th game in charge of the Hockeyroos and he said afterwards, “It was a very hard fought win and I’m really pleased that the girls were able to come from behind and win in the shoot-out. We’ve been training for these shoot-outs as part of our program for a long time now and each of the girls has their own strategy, which they executed well.

“These results don’t come by chance or luck. They come through excellent preparation and quality execution of the game plan. It’s our fourth tournament final since last year’s Olympics and the girls are starting to feel what it’s like to handle the pressure and perform to a game plan.”

To read more and see highlights of this match, click here. 


Men's Final - Kookaburras take title
A dominant second half performance by the Kookaburras earned Australia’s men a commanding 5-2 victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup final on Sunday afternoon. The outcome meant an eighth consecutive Oceania Cup title for the Kookaburras.

Jason Wilson (QLD) broke the deadlock late in the first half while Jake Whetton’s (QLD) double, the first of which was a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper, put the Kookaburras in the driving seat early in the second period. Russell Ford’s (VIC) thunderbolt strike was an immediate riposte to Steve Edwards’ goal for New Zealand before Glenn Simpson (VIC) fired home a low penalty corner for 5-1. A late goal from New Zealander Nick Haig was little more than a consolation strike. 

Afterwards, Kookaburras coach Graham Reid said that overall he was pleased with how his side had performed but warned that improvements must still be made if the Kookaburras are to regain the coveted world number one spot. 

“It’s always good to win and we played pretty well in patches but we had a shaky start when we were a bit frenetic,” said Reid. “After that we settled into our rhythm and in the second half were more dominant, although it was a bit of a loose finish, which we’ll need to cut out if we want to be back at world number one.” 

To read more and see highlights of this match, click here.

 

OCEANIA CUP RESULTS
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER

MEN’S FINAL

TET Black Sticks 2: (Steve Edwards, Nick Haig)
Australia 5: (Jacob Whetton 2, Jason Wilson, Russell Ford, Glenn Simpson)
Halftime: Australia 2-0

WOMEN’S FINAL
Australia won sudden death penalty shoot-out 5-4
TET Black Sticks 2: (Sophie Cocks, Kayla Sharland)
Australia 2: (Jordyn Holzberger, Madonna Blyth)
Halftime: Tied 1-1

MEN’S BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Papua New Guinea: 3
Samoa: 0
Halftime: Papua New Guinea 1-0

WOMEN’S BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Match drawn 0-0 at fulltime, Samoa won shoot-out
Samoa: 4
Papua New Guinea: 3
Halftime: Tied 0-0

Source material: Hockey Australia  

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