Aussie women defeat Samoa 25-0
22 October 2015
HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos sealed a convincing 25-0 victory over Samoa in their first pool match of the Oceania Cup in Stratford, New Zealand
Hockeyroos head coach Adam Commens said, “It’s always difficult to play against an opponent like Samoa in terms of trying to play the way you want and trying to be respectful at the same time, which I thought our girls did really well today.”
Looking ahead to the Hockeyroos’ match against the New Zealand Black Sticks on Saturday, Commens added, “We know New Zealand very well, they are a high quality side and ranked number four in the world for a reason. It will be important that we execute our game plan against them and bring the intensity that we know we can play.”
The Hockeyroos’ firepower Jodie Kenny opened the match for Australia, scoring off the back of a penalty corner opportunity with a powerful drag flick four minutes after the starting whistle.
The ninth minute featured three strikes from Ashleigh Nelson, Laura Barden and Stephanie Kershaw, followed by a strike from forward Emily Smith one minute later, setting the score at 5-0.
Jane Claxton, Anna Flanagan, Brooke Peris, Jodie Kenny and Ashleigh Nelson sealed additional first half strikes, which had the Hockeyroos leading 10-0 coming into the halftime break.
The second half of the match showcased a hat-trick from New South Wales’ Emily Smith, doubles from Brooke Peris and Madison Fitzpatrick and individual strikes from Jodie Kenny, Laura Barden, Madonna Blyth, Karri McMahon, Georgie Morgan, Ashleigh Nelson, Jane Claxton and Mariah Williams.
It was a special match for Queenslanders Madison Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Kershaw and Victorian Laura Barden, who played their first major international tournament since debuting for the Hockeyroos at the September Perth series. Laura Barden netted her first international goal wearing the green and gold at the ninth minute.
The Hockeyroos will meet their friendly foes the New Zealand Black Sticks on Saturday at 12:00pm AEDT / 09:00 AWST. The match will be streamed live back home in Australia via hockeynz.co.nz/video.
Athlete (Hometown, State) caps/goals
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 309/68
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 71/6
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 82/8
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 152/35
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 147/91
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD) 4/2
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 74/8
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 63/12
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 26/8
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 128/56
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC) 55/0
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) 4/2
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 82/2
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW)* 4/3
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC) 127/0
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 15/1
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 183/66
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW) 22/4
*Madison Fitzpatrick is a scholarship holder at the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Hockeyroos’ Oceania Cup Fixtures
24 October: Hockeyroos v New Zealand (12:00 AEDT)
25 October: Medal Matches – Gold Medal (11:45 AEDT) / Bronze Medal (07:15 AEDT)
In Australia, all Australian pool matches will be available to watch live online and the medal matches will be shown on-delay on Fox Sports. For more Oceania Cup broadcast information, click here.