The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have romped to a 14-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in their first match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while their neighbors Australians defeated Wales by 9-0.
The game was never in any doubt – the Kiwis piled on the goals early on, Krystal Forgesson scored four times, they were 7-0 up at half time and had 47 attempts on goal – but head coach Mark Hager has made it clear that regardless of a high score the team need to improve their performance with tougher games ahead.
New Zealand were awarded 12 penalty corners, compared to Trinidad and Tobago’s one attempt, and it is the conversion rate that Hager said the team will be working on.
“For the amount of penalty corners we got I thought we were poor at executing those, if we are going to get that many, we need to be able to convert them. The good news is it’s three points and we just need to build on it, and get better and learn from it,” said Hager.
“India will be tough, they had a good win against Canada and they always play well at a Commonwealth Games and to be honest if we don’t lift our game then we are going to be under pressure. For that game we need to be more clinical, treasure the ball, and just make better decisions when we pass and go forward,” he said further.
Anita Punt, Emily Naylor, Forgesson and Rosie Keddell scored within the first ten minutes, and then Sophie Cocks, Katie Glynn and captain Kayla Whitelock converted a penalty corner taking the half time score to 7-0. In the second half, Forgesson bagged three more, Punt converted a penalty corner, Glynn scored a double to claim a hat-trick and Petrea Webster got her first of the night.
Australia vs Wales: Hat-tricks from Queenslander Jodie Kenny and South Australian Georgie Parker helped the Australian women’s hockey team to a 9-0 victory over Wales on day two of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The result keeps the Australians top of Pool B with nearest rivals England enjoying a rest day while hosts Scotland beat Malaysia 2-0 to draw level with England in second place.
Kenny’s first half hat-trick was the catalyst for a storming Australian victory that also featured strikes from Emily Smith, Brooke Peris and Georgia Nanscawen.
Two goals in as many minutes from Kenny and Parker set the tempo with Kenny flicking Australia’s fifth penalty corner narrowly inside the right hand post in the 12th minute. Parker swept home two minutes later after Anna Flanagan’s double effort from the corner had been denied.
Kenny’s second, her 60th goal for Australia, made it 3-0 and within four minutes she’d completed her hat-trick, sandwiching Emily Smith’s near post strike to stretch the lead to five at the break.
In searing heat the second half began as the first half had with an early goal. This time it came from the stick of Brooke Peris, who stole in behind the Welsh goalkeeper Victoria Male to guide home Emily Smith’s shot, which might have found its way without Peris’ touch.
Five minutes later Georgie Parker’s second goal, her 20th in the green and gold, made it 7-0 with the predominantly Wales-supporting crowd roaring in delight as she cut in from the right to rifle home a stunning reverse stick strike. And she completed her hat-trick shortly afterwards with a deft deflection on Jayde Taylor’s long pass.
Georgia Nanscawen completed the scoring with still a quarter of the match remaining while Wales were awarded a late opportunity for a consolation goal with a penalty corner, which was well saved by Rachael Lynch in the Australian goal.
Speaking afterwards, Jodie Kenny said of her goals, “It’s such good teamwork from the girls. It’s brilliant to score this many goals as a defender.”
Her fellow hat-trick heroine, Georgie Parker added, “I’ve not had a hat-trick in a while and they were good team goals, which makes it more special.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match against the hosts, Scotland, Kenny said, “It’s just about looking to improve coming into the next game. You can’t take anyone lightly here, every game is going to be tough.”
Parker added, “Playing against the home nation, it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
A presentation was made at the start of the New Zealand vs Trinidad and Tobago for 20-year-old Rosie Keddell who was playing her 50th international test tonight after debuting in 2012, while Adelaide-born midfielder Jane Claxton made her 50th appearance for Australia in the match against Wales.