The new Hockeyroos have made a successful return to international hockey after securing a 2-0 Trans-Tasman series victory over New Zealand in Auckland.
- Rebecca Greiner and Brooke Peris scored the goals for the Hockeyroos
- The Black Sticks had opened the scoring through Megan Hull
- The Hockeyroos also won the second game of the series.
The world number two Hockeyroos entered Sunday’s fourth and final game in the box after recording one win and two draws earlier in the series.
But the series was on the brink after Black Sticks captain Megan Hull scored against the development of play in the 14th minute on Sunday.
Goals from Rebecca Greiner and Brooke Peris propelled the Hockeyroos to a 2-1 win, ensuring the Australian women’s hockey team emerged triumphant in their first international series since last year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Ashlee Wells, Rachael Lynch and Kate Jenner withdrew following the Hockeryoos’ shock quarter-final loss to India in Tokyo.
Hockeyroos coach Katrina Powell selected 11 players with 17 caps or fewer for the series against New Zealand.
The Hockeyroos’ intent to finish the series was clear from the start on Sunday.
Hannah Cullum-Sanders narrowly missed finishing Shanea Tonkin’s pass from close range, and the Hockeyroos had four penalty corners in the first four minutes.
Hull’s goal opened the contest wide as New Zealand saw an upset, but the Hockeyroos managed to equalize in the 23rd minute courtesy of a strong build-up game.
Courtney Schonell, making her first appearance in the series, did well to hold the ball in the circle before sending it into a dangerous spot for Greiner, who managed to land a crucial touch that sent the ball under goalie Brooke Roberts. and beyond. the goal line.
Then, four minutes into the third quarter, the Hockeyroos were in front when a sublime pass from Steph Kershaw found Peris at full speed and behind the Black Sticks defense.
With only substitute goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon to beat in goal, Peris seized the opportunity with aplomb, hitting her backhand shot superbly over the invading goalkeeper to score her third goal of the series.
Winning the series will give the Hockeyroos a confidence boost ahead of the Women’s World Cup and Commonwealth Games.