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Squibb makes win­ning start to Hock­ey­roos ca­reer

Tam­bellup’s Penny Squibb has made a suc­cess­ful start to her Hock­ey­roos ca­reer after be­ing part of two wins to kick­start her side’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy cam­paign in Changzhou, China, at the week­end.

Squibb is part of a new look Hock­ey­roos line-up, play­ing at the last ever Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, and their tilt at claim­ing the ti­tle be­gan in per­fect fash­ion with wins over Ar­gentina and Great Bri­tain be­fore a clash with No.1-ranked side the Nether­lands on Tues­day.

The sole WA prod­uct in the na­tional team at present, Squibb was one of three play­ers who made their in­ter­na­tional de­but in the open­ing match against Ar­gentina on Sat­ur­day.

Coach Paul Gau­doin chose to start Squibb on the field in her usual de­fen­sive role and she helped the Hock­ey­roos come away with a 2-1 win over the reign­ing cham­pi­ons after a dou­ble from Rosie Mal­one.

On Sun­day the Hock­ey­roos faced Great Bri­tain with Squibb start­ing on the bench be­fore be­ing in­jected into the game in the sev­enth minute.

Goals from Brooke Peris and Kalindi Com­mer­ford put the Hock­ey­roos in a strong po­si­tion at half-time and they de­fended their lead well to fin­ish 2-0 win­ners and main­tain their per­fect record thus far in the tour­na­ment.

Nether­lands sit on top of the pool stand­ings after two games, cour­tesy of a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence over the Hock­ey­roos.

Aus­tralia face hosts China on Thurs­day and then on Sat­ur­day face Ja­pan to close out the round-robin matches.

The top two sides will play off in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy fi­nal on Sun­day evening.

Squibb, 25, spent six sea­sons play­ing with the WA Di­a­monds in the Aus­tralian Hockey League be­fore be­ing picked to make her first ap­pear­ance with the Hock­ey­roos.

Pic­ture: World­sport­pics/Ro­drigo Jaramillo

Penny Squibb warms up ahead of her Hock­ey­roos de­but on Sat­ur­day.

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