Australia fight back after Japan’s double sets the early pace
today, we were dominant for most of the game and it was nice to get a few goals which we haven’t been able to do so far in the competition,” he said.
“We were able to implement what we have been talking about in training into today’s game, and although we had a win today, we still have learnings which we can take away and use as an opportunity to develop our play.”
Japan, however are hoping to be a major threat by the time the Olympics land in Tokyo in 2020.
Against their hosts, a corner from Motomi Kawamura gave Japan a first-half lead, an advantage they held until deep in the final quarter- despite the disruption of a burst water main which held up proceedings in the first half. New Zealand forced an equaliser when Brooke Neal fired home another corner but the last word belonged to Yu Asai whose set piece found the net with less than two minutes remaining.
The Blacksticks were on better form when they tackled the United States, winning 3-2.
The contest between the trans-Tasman rivals ended 1-1.
Laura Barden struck first for Australia but their rivals levelled when a run from Olivia Merry set up Charlotte Harrison in front of goal.
“We have some new players in the squad and they are still learning to play at international level,” said New Zealand coach Mark Hagar.
RESULTS: Australia 1-1 USA, New Zealand 1-2 Japan, Australia 1-1 New Zealand, USA 2-3 New Zealand, Australia 3-USA 2, Australia 2-1 Japan.
WITH their men winning their World League 2 event in the Caribbean, Japan’s women proved they are turning into a force to be reckoned with at the Hawkes Bay Festival, New Zealand.
Japan won both their opening games, against the Americans and their hosts to get off to a flying start at the annual tournament.
They snatched a late winner over New Zealand before prevailing over the United States.
Their run came to an end, however against Australia’s newlook Hockeyroos, who won their contest 2-1.
Australia then defeated the Americans 3-2, leaving coach Paul Gaudoin a happy man. “It was a very pleasing win