Australia’s hockeyroos draw 1-1 with New Zealand in the trans-Tasman series

A first international goal from Shanea Tonkin kept Hockeyroos unbeaten in the trans-Tasman series after a 1-1 draw with New Zealand in the penultimate match in Auckland.

Tonkin scored on the brink of half-time after Alia Jacques had given the Black Sticks the lead in the sixth minute.

The Hockeyroos drew 2-2 with the Black Sticks in Tuesday’s series opener before recording a 2-1 win in the second game on Thursday.

Hannah Cullum-Sanders sent an early warning signal to the Black Sticks with a purposeful dash for the attacking circle, but the 18-year-old failed to hit the target.

With the Black Sticks players also pushing their claims to the World Cup and Commonwealth Games selection, the home side went ahead as they dismantled the Hockeyroos defense to score for Jacques.

The Hockeyroos won their first penalty corner five minutes before half-time, but Maddy Fitzpatrick’s shot was saved by Black Sticks goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon.

Steph Kershaw then found Mariah Williams with a pass into the offensive circle just before half-time, with the forward hammering a powerful kick to the back foot. Tonkin produced an elegant deflection, giving O’Hanlon no chance.

Both sides created good chances in the second half, with Karri Somerville proving solid in the Hockeyroos defense through some crucial interceptions.

Goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram was forced to remain calm to diffuse a threatening opportunity from the Black Sticks when the home side had a two-on-one situation in the circle, keeping the Hockeyroos even.

The Hockeyroos were forced to save the Black Sticks’ first penalty corner in the last play of the match, which they successfully did to make six draws in the teams’ last 11 meetings.

The final match of the series will be played in Auckland on Sunday.

AAP

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