Mariah Williams has reminded the world why her return from injury was closely watched by the international hockey scene, scoring once and setting up a second in Australia’s 4-3 victory over China in the FIH Pro League last weekend.
Williams sliced home her first international goal off a penalty corner deflection to open the scoring for the Hockeyroos, and heralded the start of a major scoring marathon for both sides in the top-level clash.
Rosie Malone, Grace Stewart and Savannah Fitzpatrick also found the back of the net for Australia as they barrelled to the one-goal victory over their opponents, with the spectacle certainly celebrated by the home crowd in Hobart.
Williams was crowned player of the match in the Hockeyroos’ second victory, a hallmark she took into the clash against Germany the next day.
Australia were forced to bag the victory over their European rivals in a penalty shootout, after the 2-all scoreline at full-time hadn’t split the two international squads.
Williams, as well as Brooke Peris and Eddie Bone, both scored for Hockeyroos, while Germany’s singular goal in the post-game contest came from Nike Lorenz. It was Australia’s goaltender Rachael Lynch that sealed the deal for her team.
Lynch defended three of the four shots taken against her in the shootout, repelling Germany’s attempts to take control of the post-match decider, and securing a third win for the ladies from Down Under in the Pro League.
Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin praised his outfit after their two-win weekend, singling out their determination to claim back-to-back results.
“We’re pleased with the determination of the girls after playing yesterday,” Gaudoin said. “We wanted to play a little bit better but there’s lots to learn from that game.”
The Hockeyroos now prepare to host Great Britain alongside the Kookaburras in an FIH Pro League double-header next weekend in Perth.