Tour Update – World League
The Hockeyroos have been competing in Europe for three and a half weeks as part of the World League Semi Finals in England. As part of our preparation for the World League we have played games against some of Hockeys top nations in England and Rotterdam. We were really happy with the games coming away with one draw, four wins and a loss. Our World League tournament is one of two womens events taking place in Europe. Countries like Holland, New Zealand and Belgium played in Rotterdam alongside the mens event so we were able to play against high level teams in the lead up without the risk of giving away too many secrets.
The tournament is now in to the ‘finals’ stage with all three round games completed. Our draw saw us facing Spain, England and South Africa. Spain is a team we rarely play so coming in we were all a little unsure as to what they would be like. We did our research and prepared thoroughly which certainly helped us out on the pitch. The first half was pretty tight but we ended up winning convincing 5-0. Game 2 was against the hosts England who we had played two games against in the lead up to the tournament. We had a definite edge over them given we had beaten them in both games but still knew it would be a tough game with the home crowd on their side. England scored in the first half so we spent the second half chasing but stayed composed and manage to pull one back for a one all draw. There were plenty of positives to come out of the game as again we dominated all over the park. It was a relatively quiet game for me but I did get to put all the stick save training I have been doing into practice towards the end of the game. My team mate Emily Hurtz put a video together of it if you are interested: click here
Our final round game was against South Africa. We had some unfinished business with them as our last meeting was very feisty and ended with them taking one of our players to the tribunal. She was cleared of the ridiculous charges but we hadn’t forgotten. Knowing that a win would set us up to finish top of our pool we were all really excited and eager to put on a good performance. The game was tough as is always the case against them but we hung on to a 1-0 win after Flanno put away a drag flick during the second half.
Final pool standings: Australia 7 points England 5 points Spain 2 points South Africa 1 point
Last night we played our quarter final against USA. Every training session and meeting we work on and discuss our efficiency and finishing in the circle. The way we play means we have lots of goal scoring opportunities but finishing is always an issue. Well this was not the case against USA. Our first two shots of the game were goals, one from Em ‘Smitty’ Smith and a backstick ripper from Kellie White. The US snuck one back through a short corner drag flick but by half time we had the game pretty much in the bag at 4-1. Second half was a lot more even but no goals scored so we came away with a comfortable win. This qualified us for the World League finals in Argentina later in the year and of course the semi final here.
I have been lucky enough to play all four games so far which has been great. There is a really positive vibe amongst the group and we are definitely heading in the right direction. We now face China in our semi final 2pm local time tomorrow so get on to youtube and follow our games live 🙂 They are also being shown delayed of foxtel.
A big thank you for all the messages of support through Twitter and Facebook. Im so privileged to do what I do and it means a lot to hear from people supporting and watching back home and from all over the world.
I have been using my Rocket Dryer every day over here and it has made a huge difference. My gear should be very smelly by now given we have been training every day for 4 weeks but luckily it is still bearable thanks to my Rocket Dryer.
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