Hockeyroos claim 1st win with high-pressure game

Australia's Brooke Peris (No. 3) slipping in the opening goal against Germany. The Hockeyroos won the game with a 3-1 scoreline.
Australia's Brooke Peris (No. 3) slipping in the opening goal against Germany. The Hockeyroos won the game with a 3-1 scoreline.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

From the moment the match began, the Australia women's hockey team swarmed the hapless Germans, harrying them into turnovers and passing errors.

This high-intensity pressing gave the third-ranked Hockeyroos a comfortable 3-1 victory over world No. 8 Germany on day four of the The Project Group (TPG) International Tri-Series at Sengkang Stadium yesterday evening.

The Australians' crushing tactics left Germany coach Jamilon Mulders lamenting: "Australia played better with high pressure and we didn't find the consistent answer... we didn't find an idea to play through the whole time."

Although German forward Marie Mavers levelled the scores in the first quarter after Australian forward Brooke Peris had given her side the lead, the Hockeyroos added goals from forward Georgie Parker and defender Georgina Morgan to give the world No. 3 side a first win in the TPG Tri-Series.

The Germans struggled to assert control throughout the match, a far cry from the 1-1 draw in the teams' previous meeting in the round-robin tournament on Monday.

Australia's second goal exemplified their high-pressure strategy, which led to a loose pass in the German defence pounced on by Parker, who finished emphatically past German goalkeeper Yvonne Frank.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens was happy with the convincing win, saying: "I was very pleased with our intensity and aggression... it was a very good team performance from our defence right through to the attack."

With a rematch against the Dutch, who they had lost to 0-2 on Wednesday, coming up tomorrow, Commens said that he will be fielding his strongest team.

"We'll be using our best line-up. It will be fantastic to avenge the loss and get a result, (and) finish off the week really positively."

The TPG Tri-Series continues today with Germany playing the Netherlands at Sengkang Stadium at 7pm. Entry is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2016, with the headline 'Hockeyroos claim 1st win with high-pressure game'. Print Edition | Subscribe