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Black Sticks win International Hockey Open

6 June 2016

HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos and the Black Sticks competed in the gold medal match at the International Hockey Open at the Marrara Hockey Stadium in Darwin, with New Zealand edging the home team out to take the win.

Kathryn Slattery of Australia celebrated her 50th cap for the Hockeyroos, while Sophie Cocks played her 100th for the New Zealand Black Sticks.

The first quarter saw both teams attacking the ball in an attempt to gain an early lead, with Edwina Bone, Brooke Peris and Emily Smith running lengths of the pitch to get the ball for the Hockeyroos. 

The score going into the second quarter was tied with both teams yet to convert opportunities to goals. Twenty four minutes into the second quarter and Kelsey Smith of New Zealand scored a field goal giving the Black Sticks an early edge. 

Australia answered with a shot on a penalty corner, but just missed the connection for goal. The Black Sticks quickly responded by scoring a penalty corner chance of their own, with Olivia Merry converting the shot to a goal giving New Zealand a two nil lead going into the half time break.

Three minutes into the third quarter and the Black Sticks won a chance at a penalty corner, but Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch was too quick and knocked the ball away from goal. Australia came back to gain opportunities to score in their circle, but the New Zealand defence was too good.

The final quarter continued to see both sides battle to get control of the ball. The Hockeyroos fought hard and came through with a penalty corner attempt in the ninth minute of the quarter but missed the opportunity.

Head Coach Adam Commens said: “It’s disappointing to lose a final against New Zealand, we know they’re a good quality opponent and you need to take your chances. We had a lot of chances in the third quarter and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t score; that’s why tonight they got the result.”

Earlier in the evening Japan defeated India to take away the bronze medal from the tournament.

The Hockeyroos next head to London to compete in the Champions Trophy from 18 – 26 June.

Results today
IND 1 - 2 JPN 
AUS 0 – 2 NZL 
                                                                                                             
Hockeyroos’ squad v New Zealand
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 109/2 
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 96/9 
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 174/96
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC) 147/0
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 98/9 
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 40/8 
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 89/13
Casey Sablowski (Albion Park, NSW) 246/44
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 50/13
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 151/61
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW) 16/7

Used Substitute
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) 15/4
Kirsten Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 102/2
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, SA) 34/2
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) 177/35
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW) 4/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 97/31

Unused Substitute 
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) 74/0

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