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Hockeyroos finish series with 3-1 win over Korea
(Casey Eastham 33m FG, Emily Smith 42m FG, Jodie Schulz 56m PC)
(Kim Da Rae 54m FG)
The Hockeyroos finished their four-match Series against Korea in style tonight with a 3-1 victory at Perth Hockey Stadium. The Koreans began the game with a strong purpose after being beaten 5-0 in their previous two affairs. Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said “it was a very scrappy performance tonight, but it was good to get a win”.
Both sides produced an exciting, physical brand of hockey in the first half with the Hockeyroos converting their best chance late through a brilliant field goal by Casey Eastham in the 33rd minute. It was a welcome return for Casey Eastham who was unavailable to oplay yesterday with a slight injury. The Hockeyroos hung on to their one goal lead until the half time siren sung.
Young gun Emily Smith brought excitement to the game after half time with an early field goal in the 42nd minute. The Koreans hit back in style with an amazing goal to 2011 FIH All-Star player Kim Da Rae in the 54th minute. The Hockeyroos responded immediately with a fierce drag flick by penalty corner specialist Jodie Schulz in the 56th minute.
As the match progressed, both teams succumbed to fatigue due to the extreme 39 degree weather in Perth. Commens said “tonight, we didn’t play our best hockey for the series but It was still good to be able to beat a quality opponent in Korea”. Commens was happy with the way the Hockeyroos hung onto their 3-1 lead after “coming to the end of a long 6 week training block”.
A Kate Hollywood field goal opened the scoring for Australia A against Korea Telecom in the first match of the day at Perth Hockey Stadium. In scorching temperatures at Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia A made it three victories from four matches, with game 3 a draw yesterday. Ash Wells in goals ensured the Korean Telecom team remained scoreless for the match.
Yesterday, Jordyn Holzberger made her debut for the Hockeyroos. Today, Holzberger represented Australia A and scored the teams second goal, kept victory out of reach for the Koreans and capping off an exciting 24 hours for the youngster.
The Hockeyroos 4 match series against Korea comes to a close. However, Australia A will take the field against the Korean National team in 2 matches this coming week – Tuesday and Thursday at Perth Hockey Stadium at 6pm and 5:30pm respectively.