Mariah Williams and the Hockeyroos have had a difficult weekend to close out their home-based tour in the FIH Pro League, as they were bowled over by both Argentina and New Zealand in torrential conditions in Sydney.
To begin the back-to-back defeats, Australia struggled to find scoring opportunities as they were shutout by Argentina in a 1-nil defeat, before Tasman rivals New Zealand twisted the knife with a 3-1 win over the Hockeyroos in similar soaking wet conditions,
Australia fell foul to the most dominant scorer in the league at the moment, New Zealand’s Olivia Merry, who scored a double in the two-goal win over the Hockeyroos to boost her season tally to eight. Five players sit behind her on three goals, including Newcastle’s Williams and fellow Aussie star Savannah Fitzpatrick.
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The double defeat weekend drops the Hockeyroos to fourth in the Pro League standings after having played eight games – five more than Belgium in third place, and three more than league leaders the Netherlands.
“We’ve got to be able to finish, that’s the clear concern for us,” Hockeyroos Coach Paul Gaudoin said. “We had a number of chances and we’re not putting them away. That’s giving the other teams opportunities.”
The Hockeyroos return to the field to make ammends for their shattering defeats when they face New Zealand again in ANZAC Day. This time around they will travel across the Tasman to face their arch-rivals in Auckland.