Roos defeat Japan in World Cup opener
Monday, 23 July 2018
The Hockeyroos’ Women’s World Cup campaign started on a high, defeating Japan 3-2 in an exciting encounter at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Sunday morning.
Currently ranked fifth in the world, Australia started well, with Ambrosia Malone scoring from a penalty corner in the 17th minute. Five minutes later VIS athlete Emily Hurtz scored a field goal, giving the Hockeyroos a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Shortly after the halftime break, Jodie Kenny scored a trademark drag flick, taking Australia's lead out to 3-0, but only a minute later, Japan clawed back a goal via Motomi Kawamura.
From there Japan dominated possession and threated the Hockeyroos at every turn. The Aussies fortunate to hold out a number of shots on goal, with Victorian Institute of Sport’s Rachel Lynch delivering some big saves in the net.
Australia are next in action on Tuesday night (11pm AEST) against 13th-ranked Belgium, who lost 4-2 to New Zealand in their opening match on Monday morning (AEST).
If the Hockeyroos win against Belgium, they’ll be assured of a spot in the play-offs, although top spot and a place in the quarter-finals is the goal.
Australia 3 (Malone 17', Hurtz 22', Kenny 35')
Japan 2 (Kawamura 36', Kato 60')
VIS Hockeyroos: Kristina Bates, Emily Hurtz and Rachael Lynch.