Aus­tralia fight back af­ter Ja­pan’s dou­ble sets the early pace

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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

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