The Hockeyroos have learned from stablemates the Kookaburras to expect the unexpected when they take on host nation Japan in their third Pool match at Oi Hockey Stadium on Wednesday night.
Rising to the occasion, Japan proved themselves as a nation not to be underestimated in the men’s tournament scoring three quick goals to put the Aussie team under pressure, and the women are expected to do the same.
Hockeyroos Head coach Katrina Powell said the host nation sounded a warning to the hockey world in their match against the Kookaburras.
“They are a really excitable team,” Powell said of the Japanese women.
“They’re fast and you can lose track of them easily; they are a good leading team.
“Japan at home in the conditions, they are going to be really tough to beat.”
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Women’s Hockey
Japan v Hockeyroos
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Oi Stadium, Tokyo
Start time: 6:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Broadcast: LIVE on 7Plus
Hockeyroos v Japan – Overall Record
Played 60; Hockeyroos 42, Draws 9, Japan 9
Last time they met
20-Aug-19 Olympic Test Event (Tokyo)
Hockeyroos 2 (Lawton 34′, Commerford 54′)
Japan 2 (Mitsuhashi 26′, Nomura 32′)
Hockeyroos squad: 2.Rosie Malone, 3.Brooke Peris, 4.Amy Lawton, 8.Georgia Wilson, 10.Maddy Fitzpatrick, 12.Greta Hayes, 13.Edwina Bone, 14.Steph Kershaw, 15.Kaitlin Nobbs, 18.Jane Claxton, 20.Karri Somerville, 21.Renee Taylor, 22.Kate Jenner, 24.Mariah Williams, 26.Emily Chalker, 27.Rachael Lynch (gk), 30.Grace Stewart, 32.Savannah Fitzpatrick
Hockeyroos Schedule (full hockey competition schedule)
Thursday 29 July (9.15pm local, 10.15pm AEST)
New Zealand v Hockeyroos
Saturday 31 July (11.45am local, 12.45pm AEST)
Argentina v Hockeyroos