Teamwork secures victory over Korea in game two of hockey series
7 September 2015
HOCKEY: Emily Smith’s goal six minutes after the starting whistle and five minutes before the final siren helped the Hockeyroos to a 5-1 victory over Korea in their second test match of the series.
Teamwork paid dividends for the Hockeyroos after Kathryn Slattery teamed up with forward Emily Smith in their attacking circle five minutes into the match. Smith quickly deflected the ball past Korean keeper Ji Soo Jang after Slattery found her stick in the circle, pushing the Hockeyroos in front with a 1-0 lead.
Moments before the quarter time siren, Western Australian Kathryn Slattery found herself in the right place and the right time. Eliminating two Korean defenders, Slattery went one-on-one with the keeper, slotting the ball into the net, 2-0.
After making her debut in the Hockeyroos’ previous match against Korea on Saturday, Stephanie Kershaw secured her first international goal. Forward Savannah Fitzpatrick fed the ball onto Kershaw's stick at the 18th minute mark, allowing the Hockeyroos breathing space with the score at 3-0.
Coming back onto the field after halftime, Korea created themselves a critical penalty corner opportunity, putting them on the scoreboard 3-1 in the 36th minute. Setting up their battery, Bomi Kim reached out for the deflection, which Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch couldn’t deny.
It was a first for Queenslander Madison Fitzpatrick who also secured her first international goal in the Hockeyroos’ bodysuit. Off the back of a penalty corner, Fitzpatrick fired a powerful drag flick into the top of the net, adding to the score 4-1.
Coming into the final 15 minutes of play the Korean defence was strong, however, that didn’t stop the Hockeyroos’ forward Emily Smith from doubling up. Five minutes before the final siren, Smith picked up the ball at the top of the circle, slotting it through the Korean keeper’s pads and securing the Hockeyroos a 5-1 victory.
Pleased with the team’s second test match performance, Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said, “It was a really good performance by the girls today. We came into the game with a least experienced side and we were a little concerned that they may find it difficult against Korea. They all worked hard together and supported each other today.
“It was great to see Madison score a penalty corner flick, she’s highly talented and probably one of the most powerful drag flickers we have in Australia. It was also a great reward for Stephanie, with two good performances in her first two international matches."
With the 2015 Oceania Cup in New Zealand on the horizon, Commens commented on the importance of the Hockeyroos’ final test match against Korea on Tuesday.
“The third test we will be looking to progress from today’s match with a different combination. We’re trying to work out over these coming weeks what our strongest combination is leading into the Oceania Cup and World League Finals.”
The Hockeyroos will face Korea in their third and final test match at Perth Hockey Stadium on Tuesday 8 September at 17:00 AWST.
Athlete (Hometown, State) caps/goals
Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) 215/10
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 69/6
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 151/34
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD) 2/1
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 126/0
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 72/7
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 13/0
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 24/7
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 126/52
Amelia Spence (Hobart, TAS) 11/1
Renee Taylor (Everton Park, QLD) 5/0
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) 2/0
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 80/2
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 25/1
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 82/2
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW^) 2/1
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW^) 4/0
Did Not Play
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 116/1
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW) 3/0
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 145/88
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, NSW*) 10/0
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) 163/32
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 61/9
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) 53/0
NOTE: The above athletes have come through the academies and institutes of sport in their home states and territories with the exception of the following:
^Madison and Savannah Fitzpatrick are scholarship holders at the Queensland Academy of Sport
*Gabrielle Nance is a graduate scholar of the South Australia Sports Institute