Australia A record win over France in Perth

Australia A 1 France 0 (1-0 half time)
Goal – Sally O’Toole 8m PC

Australia A (women) failed to produce their best efforts last night, but still managed to come away with a 1-0 win over France’s national side at the Perth Hockey Stadium in the first game of their 4 test series.

After losing three matches to the Australian junior side last week, France were always expected to come out strong against the Australia A side who were made up of the likes of Kate Hollywood, Bianca Greenshields, Stacia Joseph and Alison Bruce.

However it was Australia who struck early, with Sally O’Toole converting a penalty corner goal at the 8 minute mark in what was the only goal of the match. 

While the Australian defence performed well throughout the remainder of the game, not conceding a penalty corner attempt or a genuine shot on goal, coach Neil Hawgood said the team needs to show more urgency and care of the ball in general play.

“Defensively we were good but we lost control of the ball due to a lack of caring and also poor decision making. We need to show more urgency and decisiveness on our press and when we have the ball,” said Hawgood.

Australia’s best players included Jackie McCrane, Bianca Greenshields, Sally O’Toole and Kate Hollywood.

Tuesday 1 March
7.00pm, Perth Hockey Stadium

Thursday 3 March
7.00pm, Perth Hockey Stadium

Friday 4 March

7.00pm, Perth Hockey Stadium