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Green and golds strike out

21 Mar 06 05:26

Suzanne Faulkner of Australia in action during the match against South Africa. 

Suzane Faulkner of Australia
in action during the match
against South Africa.

In a convincing win, Australia has defeated South Africa 3-0 in the Women's Preliminary Round at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Although slow to start, Australia played an attacking game, with its strong backline clearing the ball well and forwards quick to take the play up the field.

Suzane Faulkner opened the scoring 12 minutes into the first half for her second goal of the tournament.

Late in the first half South Africa had more of the play but was unable to convert from two penalty corners and trailed 1-0 at half-time.

Australia came out of the break looking much more convincing.

The New Zealand Women's Hockey team finished the Preliminary Rounds undefeated, after slaughtering England 4-0.

Both sides went into the match undefeated, but England struggled to convert its scoring chances.

New Zealand's first goal came in the 18th minute, when Captain Suzanne Muirhead converted a penalty corner for her first goal of the tournament. New Zealand scored three more goals in the second half, with the first coming in the 42nd minute from Diana Weavers, after she also converted a penalty corner.

Honor Dillon deflected a field goal in the 49th minute, giving New Zealand a 3-0 lead.
 
The final goal of the match came in the 56th minute, when 16 year-old New Zealand school girl Charlotte Harrison scored a field goal to give her side a 4-0 victory. It was Harrison’s fifth goal of the Games.

New Zealand has now qualified to play in the second Semi Final on day eight, while Scotland has easily accounted for Barbados 8-0 in their final Pool 2 match.

Both sides were scoreless until the 23rd minute when Scotland's Samantha Judge scored a field goal. The score became 2-0 the following minute, when Catriona Semple deflected a goal from a penalty corner.

Vikki Bunce scored her first goal of the tournament in the last minute of the half, giving Scotland a 3-0 halftime lead. Emma Rochlin converted a penalty corner in the 46th minute, before Bunce scored two more goals in two minutes. The first came from a penalty corner conversion in the 58th minute, while the second came from a field goal, to put Scotland up 6-0.

Bunce then scored another two goals, deflecting a field goal into the net in the 65th minute and with just one minute remaining, Bunce scored her fifth goal of the match and tournament, as she converted a penalty corner taking the score to 8-0.

Despite the dominant result, Scotland will not qualify for the Semi-Finals and neither will Barbados, which was unable to register a win during the tournament.

- Games News Service

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