Hockeyroos Turn Focus To World’s Best Dutch
The Hockeyroos have swiftly turned their attention to Wednesday night’s bumper International Festival of Hockey clash with world number one Netherlands in Melbourne.
Australia defeated World League Semi-Final winners United States 2-0 in Bendigo on Melbourne, before journeying back to Melbourne on Tuesday.
Emily Hurtz, who scored one goal and set up another on her return to the national team, said the team was now focused on Wednesday’s clash with the world’s best from 7.30pm AEDT live on Fox Sports.
Australia moved up from fifth to fourth when the latest FIH Hero World Rankings were released on Tuesday morning (AEDT) after their Oceania Cup success last month, but the Dutch represent a test of the Hockeyroos’ mettle.
The side will also meet Japan and the USA again during the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, but Hurtz said Wednesday’s game would be big.
“They’re ranked one in the world,” she said.
“They’ll be our toughest opposition in the next couple of games.”
Hurtz, 27, was happy with the Hockeyroos’ speed of play against the US, saying they did well against a side looking to over-run them as the game wore on.
The Victorian forward was also happy with the side’s attacking output, having created numerous chances, converting both a field goal and penalty corner, which bodes well against the Dutch.
“We need to have a balance of scoring field goals and having shots from the top of the circle from PCs,” she said.
“We need to maintain that heading into the International Festival of Hockey against the Netherlands.”