The new look Hockeyroos made a successful return to international hockey after securing a 2-0 trans-Tasman series victory over New Zealand in Auckland.
- Rebecca Greiner and Brooke Peris scored the goals for the Hockeyroos
- The Black Sticks opened the scoring with Megan Hull
- The Hockeyroos also won the second game of the series.
World number two Hockeyroos entered Sunday’s fourth and final match in the box after recording a win and two draws early in the series.
But the series was on edge after Black Sticks captain Megan Hull scored against the run of play in the 14th minute on Sunday.
Goals from Rebecca Greiner and Brooke Peris propelled Hockeyroos to a 2-1 victory, ensuring the Australian women’s hockey team won in their first international series since the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Ashlee Wells, Rachael Lynch and Kate Jenner retired following the Hockeryoos’ quarterfinal defeat to India in Tokyo.
Hockey coach Katrina Powell selected 11 players with 17 games or fewer for the series against New Zealand.
The Hockeyroos’ intention to end the series was clear from the start on Sunday.
Hannah Cullum-Sanders narrowly missed a Shanea Tonkin pass at point-blank range, and the Hockeyroos had four penalty corners in the first four minutes.
Hull’s goal opened the game and New Zealand saw a surprise, but the Hockeyroos managed to equalize in the 23rd minute thanks to a strong set-up move.
Courtney Schonell, making her first appearance in the series, did well to hold the ball in the circle before sending it into a dangerous spot for Greiner, who landed a crucial touch that saw the ball slip under goalkeeper Brooke Roberts and over. the goal line.
Then, four minutes into the third quarter, the Hockeyroos were in the lead when a sublime pass from Steph Kershaw found Peris at full pace and behind the Black Sticks defense.
With only substitute keeper Grace O’Hanlon to hit the net, Peris converted the chance with aplomb, landing his reverse kick superbly over the invading keeper to score his third goal of the series.
Winning the series will give Hockeyroos a confidence boost ahead of the Women’s World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.