Australia finds form!
Women defeat Argentina 1 - 0
Emily Smith (FG) 33
ARGENTINA 0 (0)
The Australian Women’s Hockey Team found their form today, playing an absolute blinder against the London 2012 champions and coming away with the 1 – nil win over Argentina!
Emily Smith scored Australia’s winning goal, and goalkeeper Rachael Lynch was on fire – successfully defending a penalty stroke that could have evened the score between the teams.
Argentina lost their referral in the first term after asking to see if the ball hit an Aussie foot, it didn’t, and the Aussies had a chance on penalty corner as a result. Going into quarter time it was nil all.
Australia were pressing in the second term, with Rachael Lynch having a fantastic save on an Argentina attempt at goal. An awesome piece of work saw Brooke Peris pass to Kathryn Slattery in the circle, but goalkeeper Belen Succi was ready and knocked the ball away. Australia were pressing, putting pressure on Argentina.
Giving Australia the edge, Emily Smith came through with an absolute cracker knocking the ball straight into goal minutes into the second half!
Australia was beyond excited:
Argentina got a chance on penalty corner, Edwina Bone broke on the start so Australia had to defend with three, but Rachael Lynch was all over it, knocking the ball clear.
Australia gave Argentina the chance for a penalty stroke in the final three minutes of the third quarter, and lost their referral in the process. Rachael Lynch read the ball from Maria Barrioneevo perfectly and knocked the ball from danger in a dream save.
With two minutes to go, Argentina gave it everything, replacing their goalkeeper to have another player on pitch. It wasn’t enough and Australia came away with the win after playing an absolute scorcher of a game, retaining third place in the pool standings.
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Australia squad v ARG
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 340/70
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 106/10
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 184/100
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC) 154/0
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 108/9
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW) 50/10
Georgie Parker (Berri, SA), 106/33
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 99/13
Casey Sablowski (Albion Park, NSW) 256/44
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA) 60/19
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 161/64
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 119/2
Kirsten Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 112/2
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, SA) 40/2
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW) 26/10
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW) 54/6