Peris, Parker and Morgan help Aussies to victory over Germany
22 January 2016
HOCKEY: Strikes from Australian forwards Brooke Peris and Georgie Parker alongside a penalty corner drag flick from Georgina Morgan helped the Hockeyroos to secure their first 3-1 victory over Germany at the TPG International Tri-Series in Singapore.
In a productive first half, Northern Territories Brooke Peris opened the scoring for the Hockeyroos with an on-target strike at the 10th minute mark. Quickly retaliating four minutes later, Germany responded well to Australia’s opening goal with a successful penalty corner opportunity taken by Marie Mavers.
Experienced Australian forward Georgie Parker was well positioned in the circle during the 18th minute. Making contact with the ball, Parker quickly found the back of the net and awarded Australia a second goal in order to break the deadlock 2-1.
Setting up Australia’s penalty corner battery after the halftime break, Georgina Morgan’s powerful drag flick broke through the German defence, adding to the Hockeyroos' tally 3-1 and securing their first victory of the series.
Pleased with an improved performance off the back of their previous match against the Netherlands, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “It was a much improved performance tonight, obviously the Dutch are the benchmark and Germany are an improving nation, however, tonight our pressure on the ball was excellent and our ability to go direct and create goal scoring opportunities was also very positive. It’s a thoroughly deserved win for our team.”
Speaking about the general feel amongst the team with a focus on the younger faces, Commens added, “The team are coping well and I’m really pleased with the younger players and their current performance level. A lot of the younger players have made progress since their opportunities last year and that’s all we can ask of them.
“During this trip there has been lessons learnt with the younger players experiencing top level international hockey, while also being able to adapt quickly to a new environment. It’s exactly what we had hoped to gain from these matches and the trip.”
The Hockeyroos’ final match will be against the Netherlands at 10pm AEDT on Saturday. The Hockeyroos previously went down to the Dutch 2-0 earlier in the Tri-Series.
Fixtures & Results
Monday 18 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos 1-1 Germany
Tuesday 19 January, 10pm AEDT - Netherlands 0-0 Germany
Wednesday 20 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos 0-2 Netherlands
Thursday 21 January, 10pm AEDT - Hockeyroos 3-1 Germany
Friday 22 January, 10pm AEDT - Netherlands v Germany
Saturday 23 January, 10pm AEDT - Hokeyroos v Netherlands
Hockeyroos' squad v Germany
Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) 218/10
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 318/70
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 80/9
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 155/34
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 156/93
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 139/0
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 24/4
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 193/66
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 35/9
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 137/56
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW) 32/4
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW) 6/0
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 92/2
Georgie Parker (Berri, SA) 85/26
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 73/13
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW) 2/1
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC) 66/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 91/29