Aussies draw with Germany

19 January 2016

HOCKEY: A goal on debut from 18 year-old Grace Stewart and the return of Kellie White from a 14-month injury layoff were among the highlights for the Hockeyroos in their 1-1 draw with Germany at the TPG International Tri-Series in Singapore.

With exactly 200 days to go to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it was the team’s first competitive outing of the Olympic year.

Debutant Stewart broke the deadlock early on as she finished off a penalty corner in the tenth minute but Germany’s Julia Muller levelled the score before half time with a penalty corner of her own.

Australia’s front line created a number of chances throughout the match, which pleased Head Coach Adam Commens. 

“It was a pleasing performance. We created a lot of opportunities with a team that was a blend of less experienced athletes, as well as some of more experienced players. It was a really promising start to the tournament for our forwards like Grace Stewart, Laura Barden and Kellie White, who was playing her first game in 14 months. She had some good touches and it was an excellent start for her,” said Commens.

“We couldn’t ask for much more from Grace than what we saw. She scored a goal and it was a wonderful start for her. She had lots of involvement in the game; she’s got the speed and physicality that we want from our forwards.”

Explaining what he is looking for from the ten-day camp and tournament, Commens added, “We’re looking to discover more about our playing group to test our thoughts about the best combinations and players as we hone in on our strongest 16 leading in to Rio.”

It was a welcome return for Kellie White. The 24 year-old hadn’t played a competitive match for the Hockeyroos since helping Australia’s women to Commonwealth Games gold in August 2014. Three months later, in preparation for the Champions Trophy, she injured her anterior cruciate ligament, forcing her to miss the tournament in November 2014 and all of the 2015 season. 

The Hockeyroos’ second match of the series is against the Netherlands, coached by Hockeyroos legend Alyson Annan, on Wednesday.

Fixtures & Results

Monday 18 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos 1-1 Germany
Tuesday 19 January, 10pm AEDT - Netherlands v Germany
Wednesday 20 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos v Netherlands
Thursday 21 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos v Germany
Friday 22 January, 10pm AEDT - Netherlands v Germany
Saturday 23 January, 10pm AEDT - Hokeyroos v Netherlands                                          
                                                                                        
Hockeyroos' squad v Germany
Started
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 90/2
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 79/9
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) [QAS athlete] 12/3
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 154/93
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 22/3
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, NSW) [SASI athlete] 17/1
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 191/66
Casey Sablowski (South Coast, NSW) 229/44
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 34/9
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC) 64/0
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW) 30/4

Used Substitute
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) 7/3
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW) 5/0
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 138/0
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 71/12
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW) 1/1
Renee Taylor (Everton Park, QLD) 9/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 90/29

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