Cup spot for Hock­ey­roos

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Hock­ey­roos have qual­i­fied for the 2018 World Cup and fin­ished in fifth place at the World League semi- fi­nal in Brus­sels yes­ter­day af­ter de­feat­ing Italy 3- 1.

They had to come from be­hind to do it though.

Italy struck first in the fifthver­sus- sixth play­off when Fed­er­ica Carta flicked the ball into the back of the net in the open­ing quar­ter.

Not long into the sec­ond quar­ter Aus­tralia found the equaliser with Kathryn Slat­tery tap­ping straight into goal af­ter work down the pitch from Jor­dyn Holzberger.

Aus­tralia edged into the lead for the first time when Ge­orgie Mor­gan scored from a penalty cor­ner to make it 2- 1.

Fi­nally the Hock­ey­roos sealed it when Madi Rat­cliffe came through and scored on a de­flec­tion.

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