Aussies win the double at Trans-Tasman Trophy
18 November 2016
HOCKEY: Hockeyroos Kalindi Commerford and Ashlea Fey have scored goals in their debut games for Australia as the Hockeyroos went on to dominate against the Black Sticks women winning the match 6 – 0, before the Kookaburras went on to defeat the Black Sticks men 4 – 2 including a debut goal from Aaron Kleinschmidt.
The Hockeyroos match kicked off the Trans-Tasman Trophy, and within five minutes the Aussies had a chance at penalty corner but it went high at the top of the circle and they missed the chance to convert.
The Black Sticks answered minutes into the second quarter with their own chance on a penalty corner, but a mistake saw the ball fly up to the Australian half. Kathryn Slattery took the opportunity to make a smooth pass into the circle, with a tap from Kalindi Commerford seeing her score the first goal of the match in her debut game for the Hockeyroos.
In the third term the Black Sticks had a chance on goal three minutes in, with the ball working its’ way down into their circle, only for goalkeeper Ashlee Wells to knock it out of contention. It sailed back up to the Australian end, and Kathryn Slattery flicked an amazing shot that soared over goalkeeper Amelia Gibson’s head and into the top left of the net.
Australia were pushing New Zealand hard, and were rewarded with another shot on penalty corner 40 minutes into the game. Georgie Morgan nailed the drag flick with the ball flying straight into the net after a strong injection from Kathryn Slattery.
With just a minute to go in the third quarter, Gabi Nance injected the ball and Georgia Nanscawen flicked it into goal thanks to a deflection, taking Australia’s lead going into the final quarter to 4 – nil.
Three minutes into the final quarter, and Australia were up for another penalty corner – Ashlea Fey scored the corner this time making her the second debutant of the match to score their first goal for Australia, extending the lead to 5 – 0.
New Zealand had a chance to come back with a penalty corner opportunity in the seventh minute of the final quarter, with the shot sailing perfectly towards goal only to be saved by goalkeeper Audrey Smith.
With only five minutes to go, Kathryn Slattery scored her second of the match, running the ball up into the circle and flicking it into the net with ease. The Black Sticks came back fighting and a tussle went on in their circle before Audrey Smith casually knocked the ball out of danger for the Australians.
Hockeyroos interim head coach Jason Duff said: “Tonight was a good start for us, we set out to achieve and complete a few tasks that we knew would give us a chance. It took some time to break and we were a little wasteful early on.
“It was pleasing to see all three debutants perform well and compete for the entire match. It was also good to see Commerford and Fey get onto the scoreboard.
“We have some details that we need to get right – our penalty corner conversion could be better and we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. New Zealand are well coached and proud; they will be a different proposition on Saturday.”
The Kookaburras were up next against the Black Stick men, and the home team were the first to get on the board with a sneaky goal from Stephen Jenness as he worked his way past the Australian defence to flick the ball into the net. Australia were pushing, put were unable to return the favour in the first quarter.
Into the second quarter and it was debutant Aaron Kleinschmidt who was the first to score for the Kookaburras, with a field goal tapping neatly into the net to get Australia back in the game. It wasn’t long before another newcomer answered for the Black Sticks with Kim Kingstone nailing a sliding field goal after a fantastic pass from the top of the circle.
The third quarter saw both teams trying to take control of the match and after a competitive 12 minutes of play, Trent Mitton came through with the goods scoring a field goal from directly in front of the net.
With ten minutes to go in the final quarter, Aran Zalewski came through to give Australia the lead for the first time in the game with a quick field goal following on from a clever pass from Daniel Beale.
Australia sealed the victory and doubled their lead with only four minutes to go in the game - Jeremy Hayward absolutely knocking the ball into the net with a penalty corner during a final quarter which saw torrential rain pouring onto the pitch.
Both the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have a rest day tomorrow, before the competition resumes on Saturday at the Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium in Auckland.
Trans-Tasman Trophy Fixtures
Saturday 19 November
Kookaburras v Black Stick Men: 1.30pm AWST / 4.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Hockeyroos v Black Stick Women: 3.10pm AWST / 6.10pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Sunday 20 November
Kookaburras v Black Stick Men: 11.30am AWST / 2.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Hockeyroos v Black Stick Women: 1.10pm AWST / 4.10pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Hockeyroos’ squad v Black Sticks
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC) 16/4
Edwina Bone (Orange, NSW) *plays for ACT 122/2
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 109/10
Kalindi Commerford (Canberra, ACT) 1/1
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 115/2
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 167/34
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 53/11
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, NSW) *plays for SA 43/2
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 102/13
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 63/23
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) 78/0
Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD) 1/0
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 26/1
Jacqui Day (Mountain Creek, QLD) 2/0
Ashlea Fey (Sunshine Coast, QLD) 1/1
Jordyn Holzberger (Yamanto, QLD) 34/3
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) 183/36
Audrey Smith (Brisbane, QLD) 7/1
Kookaburras squad v Black Sticks
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA) 15/0
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 88/15
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD) 1/0
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA) 27/0
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW) 1/0
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW) 54/8
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC) 1/0
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC) 1/1
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW) 35/12
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC) 1/0
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW) 24/6
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD) 1/0
Tim Cross (South Morang, VIC) 8/1
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 61/18
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 95/36
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW) 8/1
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 98/14
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA) 70/0