The Hockeyroos and India have performed out a 1-1 draw within the final match of the 3-test series in Adelaide, the hosts lifting the trophy courtesy of profitable the opening two encounters.
Tasmanian 18-year-old Maddison Brooks continued her breakthrough yr with the opening aim in twenty fifth minute earlier than it was cancelled out by India’s Deep Grace Ekka within the forty second minute.
Having wrapped up the series lower than 24 hours earlier, the Hockeyroos entered the match seeking to full a clear sweep.
The first quarter was an arm wrestle as each side manufactured some half probabilities, the Hockeyroos’ greatest opening of the primary quarter coming from a rehearsed penalty nook routine that India have been alert to.
The impasse was damaged when the energetic Abby Wilson labored her means into the circle earlier than sending throughout a pinpoint ball to an unmarked Brooks on the far put up and he or she produced a scientific end.
India received a penalty nook with two minutes to go within the first half and Gurjit fired her drag flick in direction of aim however Hockeyroos goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram reacted nicely to avoid wasting well.
Hannah Cullum-Sanders then nearly stung India with a swift counterattack simply earlier than half time however she couldn’t end the transfer.
The Hockeyroos have been holding onto their benefit till Ekka transformed from a penalty nook with a fierce low shot that the Australian defensive brigade couldn’t preserve out.
Some final gasp Hockeyroos defending prevented India from taking the lead within the final seconds of the third quarter as the sport sat delicately poised.
Aisling Utri despatched a shot narrowly vast early within the final quarter earlier than Greta Hayes produced some nice ability in near open up the attacking space of the pitch for Wilson however her ensuing cross into the circle was blocked.
Despite each groups’ greatest intent, they’d be pressured prime accept a attract a series that uncovered and revealed the depth of expertise in Australian ladies’s hockey on the elite degree.
Ten of the gamers who represented the Hockeyroos within the series will keep on and be a part of an Australia A staff that can tackle India in two matches on Thursday and Saturday.
“Our aim was to build throughout the series and learning the way of play,” stated Jane Claxton put up match.
“We had numerous new women coming in and it was the primary time we had performed collectively as a staff, so it was good to construct throughout the three matches.
“There is still a lot to work on and the girls staying on for the Australia A matches will be able to build on that further.”
“What this series has shown is that we have backups in every position and players who can all play attacking style of hockey, so it’s going to be a really exciting next couple of years for the Hockeyroos.”
Hockeyroos 1 (Brooks 25’)
India 1 (Ekka 42’)
@ MATE Stadium, Adelaide
Hockeyroos: 10.Maddy Fitzpatrick, 12.Greta Hayes, 13.Hattie Shand, 16.Courtney Schonell, 18.Jane Claxton (c), 19.Jocelyn Bartram (gk), 22.Tatum Stewart, 28.Hannah Cullum-Sanders, 33.Alice Arnott, 35.Maddison Brooks, 37.Morgan Gallagher, 40.Pippa Morgan, 42.Maddison Smith, 44.Abby Wilson, 46.Olivia Downes, 49.Alana Kavanagh, 51.Aisling Utri
Unused substitute: 41.Zoe Newman (gk)
Australia A v India Series
MATE Stadium, Adelaide
Match 1 – Thursday 25 May 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
Match 2 – Saturday 27 May 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
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Broadcast: Livestreamed on LIVEHockey
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