Di­a­monds must win NZ tie to stay in the game

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -

THE WA Di­a­monds are hope­ful for a fi­nals spot in the Aus­tralian Hockey League af­ter a 4-2 loss to Queens­land on the week­end.

De­spite the re­sult against last year’s win­ners, the Di­a­monds can still qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals if they de­feat New Zealand this week.

WA were a goal up in the open­ing six min­utes thanks to Penny Squibb, but Queens­land hit back with goals from Ash­lea Fey, Re­becca Greiner and Stephanie Ker­shaw.

Sa­van­nah Fitzpatrick’s field goal in the fi­nal quar­ter brought the score to 4-1, but the Di­a­monds man­aged a con­so­la­tion af­ter Kathryn Slat­tery turned in an­other penalty cor­ner at­tempt from Penny Squibb with sec­onds to go.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to get the loss, but I felt like they prob­a­bly had the game over us from the start, so I think that’s prob­a­bly some­thing we should look at,” WA Di­a­monds and Hock­ey­roos star Kathryn Slat­tery said.

“The way the re­sults are go­ing, the next game is ba­si­cally go­ing to be a fi­nal to go in to the ac­tual fi­nals. We’ve watched New Zealand play against Queens­land so we’ve done a bit of scout­ing there.

“They’re a bit of an un­pre­dictable team, they’re quite young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced, but they’ve showed against ACT they can put a pretty good game out there on the pitch.”

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