A first international goal from Shanea Tonkin has kept the Hockeyroos unbeaten in the trans-Tasmania series after drawing 1-1 with New Zealand in the penultimate game in Auckland.
- Tonkin equalized after the Black Sticks scored earlier through Alia Jacques
- The Hockeyroos won Game 2 of the series 2-1 on Thursday.
- The series concludes in Auckland on Sunday.
Tonkin scored at the stroke of halftime after Alia Jacques gave the Black Sticks a lead in the sixth minute.
The Hockeyroos drew 2-2 with the Black Sticks in Game 1 of Tuesday’s series before posting a 2-1 win in Game 2 on Thursday.
Hannah Cullum-Sanders sent an early warning signal to the Black Sticks with a determined run into the attacking circle, but the 18-year-old was unable to get a shot on target.
With the Black Sticks players also pushing their claims for World Cup and Commonwealth Games selection, the home team took the lead when they shattered the Hockeyroos defense to score through Jacques.
The Hockeyroos earned their first penalty corner of the game five minutes before halftime, but Maddy Fitzpatrick’s drag flick was saved by Black Sticks goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon.
Steph Kershaw then found Mariah Williams with a pass into the attacking circle just before half-time, with the striker hitting a strong back-footed effort. Tonkin produced a graceful deflection, giving O’Hanlon no chance.
Both sides created decent chances in the second half, with Karri Somerville proving to be solid on the Hockeyroos defense through some crucial interceptions.
Goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram was required to keep her nerve to dispel a threatening Black Sticks chance when the home team had a two-on-one situation in the circle, keeping the Hockeyroos on a level playing field.
The Hockeyroos were forced to defend the Black Sticks’ first penalty corner on the final play of the match, which they successfully did to record six draws in the teams’ last 11 meetings.
The final match of the series will be played in Auckland on Sunday.