The Australian women’s hockey team beat China to clinch the Bronze Medal match at the “Ready Steady Tokyo” Hockey Olympic Test event in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.
Australia rode on goals through Commerford (11’), Malone (16’) and R.Taylor (34’) while Li Jiaqi (57′) was the lone scorer for China.
The Hockeyroos had earlier lost to China (2-3) in the robin round league stage. The team recorded a total of two draws and one loss earlier, so this result was really sweet.
It must be noted that Australian women’s hockey team, who are ranked 2nd in the world came to the tournament with 17 players who were a part of the FIH Pro League 2019.
Kalindi Commerford said she was not particularly pleased with the overall performance in the tournament.
“The tournament for us performance wise was probably a little bit disappointing. I think the games when we had the stats in our favour we lost, but to get a win today and play how we know we can play was nice,” Kalindi said.
Chief coach Paul Gaudoin said he was satisfied with the final match scoreline.
“It was a much better performance and was pleasing to get some scoreboard pressure early as well. Certainly it was our best performance for the week,” Paul said.
The Hockeyroos came up here with the objective of giving the players the opportunity to perform, to experience the Olympic environment so that they’re better prepared hopefully for next year.
The team will return home on Friday and will focus on the upcoming Oceania Cup, which acts the Olympic qualifiers, to be held in Rockhampton from 5-8 September.