27/05/2024

The Australian Hockeyroos (Picture: Australian Hockeyroos/Twitter)

The Australian Hockeyroos have ended a dominant run in the 2022 FIH Women's World Cup to claim the bronze medal.

The Australian Hockeyroos have ended a dominant run in the 2022 FIH Women’s World Cup, which featured a near unbeaten run on the way to the bronze medal.

This tournament posed a challenge to the Australians as they prepare for the teams that await them at the Commonwealth Games later this month in Birmingham.

The bronze medal play-off match-up was set after a disappointing loss to the reigning champions, the Netherlands, the Hockeyroos came into the game wanting to make amends by taking home a medal.

The Australians took the bronze medal with a 2-1 result after being 1-0 at half time.

Despite being goalless in the first half, the best chance for an opening half goal was in the 11th minute when Steph Kershaw attempted to pick out Rosie Malone. This opportunity went begging when the German defenders managed to get a deflection off.

The Hockeyroos were behind at the half after a German goal at the 14 minute mark through Lena Micheel, but the Australians struck twice through Kershaw to put the Hockeyroos in front.

Another chance came in the second half when Malone was amongst it again, however the German goalkeeper Nathalie Kubalski blocked the goal.

At the defensive end of the field, Australian goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram pulled out a Player of the Match performance in the goals to save a number of close calls. No bigger save came then the one in the 35th minute, where she dived to her right to save the goal with her stick.

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During the tournament, the Hockeyroos were steadfast in defence, giving up only one goal in the three group stage games, one in the semi-final loss and one in the third place match.

They were also constantly creating chances for goal, scoring a goal every single game except the semi-final loss to the Netherlands.

The first Group D game was played against Japan, with the other opponents in the group being Belgium and South Africa. The result was a 2-0 win with the goals coming in the final quarter courtesy of Mariah Williams and Rosie Malone.

Belgium was the second group stage opponent in a flying finish after a goalless first half from both sides. Greta Hayes scored her first ever Hockeyroos goal with another coming 90 seconds after thanks to Rebecca Greiner.

The final pool stage match-up was with South Africa. With Mariah Williams’ 100th Hockeyroos game in mind, the Australians were eager to get the job done. They ensured they were going through to the finals with a 2-1 win with Penny Squibb and Malone scoring a goal each.

Hockeyroos captain Jane Claxton ensured her 200th game was celebrated in style with the quarter-final win against Spain. Renee Taylor scored a quick goal in the third minute of the game before a save by Bartram in the fourth minute. She then added a second goal in the third quarter for the win.

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