Youthful Hockeyroos Bounce Back Against Japan

Youthful Hockeyroos Bounce Back Against Japan


Author: Ben Somerford/Wednesday, 15 November 2017/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsHockeyroos


The Hockeyroos have exacted some revenge for Saturday’s loss to Japan with a 5-1 win in the opening game of their Test series at Adelaide’s State Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.

Australia had gone down 3-2 to the Japanese on Saturday in Melbourne, subsequently missing out on the final of the International Festival of Hockey, but bounced back in Adelaide on a night where two players debuted in goalkeeper Aleisha Power and Mikaela Patterson.

Maddy Fitzpatrick scored a double, while sister Savannah, who scored a brace against the Japanese on Saturday, opened the scoring.

Forwards Grace Stewart and Emily Hurtz also hit the scoresheet, before Minami Shimizu scored a late consolation.

Australia raced to a 3-0 lead within 17 minutes in a strong display by a youthful side, which featured 10 players 21 or under.

Speaking after the game, Power said: “It was a good start. It was a little bit disappointing that they got a goal.

“We got a lot of goals in the first half. We were hoping to take the win considering they beat us last week at the International Festival of Hockey.”


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