There was no love lost in Australia on Valentines Day as the Hockeyroos beat Great Britain 5-0 in the first of five test-matches in a month-long tour Down Under.
Australia dominated the game in nearly every position and it took only five minutes for the Hockeyroos to open the scoring when Casey Eastham converted a well worked penalty corner which was bundled in to the left of the goal.
Australia generally played with more penetration in the first half and had the Brits pinned back for long periods of time preventing the visitors from finding any rhythm and Angie Lambert made it 2-0 in the 20th minute after a goalmouth scramble saw the ball strike the foot of a GB player on the line handing the Aussies an opportunity from the penalty spot which was not wasted. The Brits lacked the aggression required to trouble the Australian goal and the host side went into half time with a well-deserved 2-0 lead.
In the second half, GB came out in a more positive fashion but conceded a penalty corner in the 40th minute which was charged down by Crista Cullen. However, the following pattern of play saw Eastham score her second and Australia’s third. A GB defensive slip five minutes later gifted Madonna Blyth an easy tap in for their fourth.
Although GB continued to press forward they were unable to trouble the Australian goal, the best chance coming when Sarah Thomas’s centre was deflected by Danson into the ‘keeper. In the 63rd minute, Australia filled an impressive performance and victory when Megan Rivers took a good chance in a crowded circle.
photos Janos Schmidt