The Hockeyroos and China have saved the most effective till final, enjoying out a seven-goal thriller with the guests prevailing 4-3 within the last match of the collection, offered by JDH, at Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin College tonight.
Getting into the match needing a win to degree up the collection, Renee Taylor gave the Hockeyroos a dream begin with a sweetly timed drag flick into the highest nook within the third minute after the Australians linked up beautifully from inside their very own half to win a penalty nook.
Nonetheless, China’s response was swift as Bingfeng Gu equalised two minutes later from their third penalty nook in fast succession.
The Hockeyroos couldn’t convert from a penalty nook variation and China made them pay as they capitalised from their subsequent set piece, Yanan Xu putting low and laborious to goalkeeper Zoe Newman’s left to make it 2-1 after 9 minutes.
Neither facet may add to their tally within the second quarter earlier than the Hockeyroos received one other penalty nook by way of some nice stress from Rebecca Greiner and dogged persistence within the attacking circle from Abby Wilson.
Penny Squibb had two drag flicks blocked and simply as she appeared to load up once more on a 3rd penalty nook, China had been undone by the component of shock as she deftly flicked the ball behind to Taylor who hammered a shot into the backboard to tie it up.
However Meiyu Liang put China again forward within the forty third minute with a shocking tomahawk.
Then with 9 minutes to go the Hockeyroos had been degree once more when Rosie Malone swooped in unmarked to satisfy a looking out Courtney Schonell cross from the left to make it 3-3.
Greiner and Schonell mixed magnificently down the left and the instinctive Malone was readily available to place the ball into the again of the web.
The Hockeyroos had their tails up as they went searching for a winner however China had different concepts as they caught the hosts napping, Jiaqi Zhong sneaking the ball in on the close to submit within the fifty fifth minute.
The objective would show the sealer as China wrapped up the collection that noticed a bunch of Hockeyroos acquire invaluable worldwide expertise.
“The outcomes didn’t go our method these previous three video games however there’s a lot we are able to take out of them,” mentioned Taylor.
“We confirmed development by way of the collection…scored three targets immediately and sadly China scored 4 in order that’s one thing we have to tighten up, however there are many positives we are able to take out of it.”
“The benefit of having these matches is it permits us to maintain constructing, so we’ll take lots out of this collection heading into the remainder of the yr.”
The Hockeyroos will now put together for a FIH Professional League ‘mini event’ in opposition to New Zealand and Nice Britain in Christchurch from 22-30 April.
Hockeyroos 3 (Taylor 3’/36’, Malone 51’)
China 4 (Bingfeng Gu 5’, Yanan Xu 9’, Meiyu Liang 43’, Jiaqi Zhong 55’)
@ Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin College
Hockeyroos: 2.Rosie Malone, 4.Amy Lawton, 5.Grace Younger, 6.Penny Squibb, 8.Georgia Wilson, 9.Shanea Tonkin, 10.Maddy Fitzpatrick, 13.Hattie Shand, 16.Courtney Schonell, 18.Jane Claxton (c), 19.Jocelyn Bartram (gk), 21.Renee Taylor, 29.Rebecca Greiner, 35.Maddison Brooks, 37.Morgan Gallagher, 41.Zoe Newman (gk), 42.Maddison Smith, 44.Abby Wilson