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Lynch in form as Australia save face in USA series

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Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch saved everything the USA could throw at her to lead Australia to a 3-0 win in the final match of a three game series on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

[img_assist|nid=3473|title=GOAL|desc=Claire Messent scores for Australia vs USA on April 8, 2012 – Duane Hart/Sporting Images|link=popup|align=right|width=200|height=300]Australia 3

Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch saved everything the USA could throw at her to lead Australia to a 3-0 win in the final match of a three game series on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

The Australians fired from the outset and had the USA on the back foot right from the get go, something Australia coach Adam Commens said was a key focus after 1-0 and 2-1 losses in the first two tests of the series.

“In the first two matches we came out strong in the second half, so we spoke about wanting to get off to a good start and we certainly did that tonight,” he said.

The Hockeyroos picked up the tempo from the first whistle and looked like a completely different outfit.

Striker Emily Hurtz opened the scoring with a well excecuted penalty corner drag flick before the team raced to a 2-0 lead, when three minutes later Claire Messent sent home a field goal.

“There have been at least three players who have been a little down in other series but tonight they put their hand up and made our task that much more difficult to select teams going forward,” Commens said.

“Rachael Lynch is an experienced keeper and we expect those type of performances from her week in, week out.”

USA coach Lee Bodimeade said although he was pleased with the series win, when the Hockeyroos scored two goals in quick succession it meant his girls had to play catch up.

“Our ability to close down Australia’s midfield let us down tonight.” he said.

“On any given day you have to be on your game or a top 10 team will punish you.”

Striker Jade Close sent home a penalty corner rebound to round out the scoring and a dominant display from the Hockeyroos.

Hockeyroos Announce Team To Tour New Zealand

The Hockeyroos have announced the team that will travel to New Zealand to compete in a four nations test series next week.
Senior players including Captain Madonna Blyth, Casey Eastham and Kobie McGurk, who were rested for the Sunshine Coast tournament, will re-join the group to take on the USA, NZ and India.
Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said the whole squad had worked hard and put their hands up, which made the selection process difficult.
:”Some who may have been thought of as fringe players really pressed for selection,” he said.
“I’m proud of how hard all the girls have worked.”
The Hockeyroos face the USA in the first match of the series on April 12.
Team Selected:
Teneal Attard(QLD), Madonna Blyth(QLD), Fiona Boyce(WA), Jade Close(NSW), Toni Cronk(NSW)GK, Casey Eastham(NSW), Anna Flanagan(ACT), Jordyn Holzberger(QLD), Kobie McGurk(WA), Hope Munro(WA), Georgia Nanscawen(VIC), Ashleigh Nelson(WA), Megan Rivers(NSW), Jodie Schulz(QLD), Emily Smith(NSW), Jayde Taylor(WA), Jade Warrender(NSW), Ashlee Wells(VIC)G

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