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Unstoppable Hockeyroos take down China and Germany

11 February 2019

HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos have continuned their streak of domination, taking down both China and Germany at the FIH Pro League over weekend. 

The 3-1 shootout win over Germany after a nail-biting 2-2 draw, was the third win out of four that the Aussie women have had in the tournament so far.

Rachael Lynch and Grace Stewart were amongst the best for Australia but it was Victorian newcomer Sophie Taylor who earned Player of the Match honours after scoring her first international goal.

Goals to Taylor and Stewart weren’t enough to secure a Hockeyroos victory in regular time as the Australians couldn’t find an answer for Hanna Granitzki who scored twice off penalty corners.

Eddie Bone, Brooke Peris and Mariah Williams were the goal scorers for Australia in the shootout whilst Germany’s only goal came through Nike Lorenz.

Lynch was spectacular in the shootout defending three of the four shots that came her way.

Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin said: “We’re pleased with the determination of the girls after playing yesterday.

“We wanted to play a little bit better but there’s lots to learn from that game.”

Taylor opened the scoring in the ninth minute from a penalty corner but Granitzki levelled in the 22nd minute.

Stewart restored Australia’s lead early in the second half with a cool finish from Savannah Fitzpatrick’s pass.

Both sides received yellow cards in the third before Granitzki netted for a second time in the 47th minute, poking home from close range.

Lynch was heroic in the shootout, making three saves, while the Hockeyroos were faultless nailing all three attempts.

The win leaves the Hockeyroos second in the FIH Pro League standings with two wins, one shootout win and a loss to their name, having beaten China PR 4-3 on Saturday.

During their tussle against China, goals to Player of the Match Mariah Williams, Rosie Malone, Grace Stewart and Savannah Fitzpatrick were enough to secure Australia’s second victory for the tournament in front of an enthusiastic Hobart crowd.

The Kookaburras found success of their own, claiming their first win of the tournament against Germany, 4-2.

Jacob Anderson was the standout all day long, nailing two first-half goals and being awarded Player of the Match.

Led by Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden, Australia was able to break away from Germany after a 2-2 first half, finding two much-needed goals through Tom Wickham and Dylan Wotherspoon.

The victory pushes the Australian men to fourth in the FIH Pro League standings where they sit behind Belgium, Netherlands and Great Britain whom they host in Perth this week.

The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos host Great Britain in an FIH Pro League double-header this weekend in Perth.

Hockey Australia/olympics.com.au

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