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Hockeyroos open series with thrilling win
12 Aug 2005 08:06
 

Australia 3 defeated Korea 2
Australia – Nikki Hudson FG 8m, Donna-Lee Patrick FG 18m, Angie Skirving PC 70m; Korea – Kim Mi Seon FG 29m, FG 47m

Hockey Australia: An Angie Skirving conversion in the final minute capped off a see-sawing match and got the Hockeyroos over the line in the opening game of the Holiday Inn Women’s Challenge in Adelaide.

The first match of the six-Test series went right down to the wire, with Skirving slotting the goal from a penalty conversion with seconds left on the clock to give the Hockeyroos a 3-2 win.

National coach Frank Murray was happy with the win but felt the Hockeyroos let Korea back into the match after dominating early.

“The performance was a bit inconsistent but I was pleased to come out with the win. We had a good first half but our inexperience showed in the second when we let them back in,” he said.

The Hockeyroos dominated the first 20 minutes of the match with smooth skills and powerful running. None more so than Nikki Hudson in her first match back in the green and gold since 2004. At the eight-minute mark of the first half she weaved her way through the Korean defence and sliced the ball past the Korean keeper to take a 1-0 lead.

That lead was extended to 2 at the 18-minute mark when Donna-Lee Patrick, playing in front of her home crowd, smacked one past the helpless Lim Ju Young.

The Hockeyroos were able to dominate through their strong defence, however when Angie Skirving misread a high trap, Kim Mi Seon pounced on the loose ball and hit one of her two field goals for the night just before half time.

After the break, it was a see-sawing battle of attack and defence from both teams, until Kim Mee Song again found the back of the net to equalise at the 47-minute mark.

Several opportunities went begging for both sides in the last half until Hudson led another late charge, drawing a penalty corner, which Skirving slotted through with seconds left.

An injury late in the second half to Emily Halliday soured the win, leaving a large hole in the Hockeyroo defence.

“Halliday pulled up in the second half with what looks like a hamstring strain,” Murray said.

“At this stage it looks like a minor tear and she’ll be out for a week or so. It creates a huge hole in our defence that were already depleted after Rebecca Sanders withdrew before the match…it will be a test for our young players without Halliday but it’s a test we’re really looking forward to.”


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