Canada vs Australia
May 12, 2010
The Australian’s faced a completely different Canadian side Wednesday night in the last Exhibition match before the official test series begins. Both teams were taking an opportunity to rest some of their more senior players but both sides were still out to compete and showed several moments of great indoor hockey. The Australian’s were on the board first but Jess Buttinger was quick to tie up the game on a pass from outside the circle from Kri Shier. In the other end, Britt Blount was called on to make some good saves on a series of Australian penalty corners.The game remained tight at the half time whistle with the Australian side pocketing one more goal to put them up 2-1 before the start of the second.
An exciting, fast paced and competitive second period was evident as the Canadians were able to score more goals in this game then the previous two. The tying goal came on Canada’s first corner of the second half. The pull out was taken from the opposite side as usual to a waiting Kri Shier who seemed to catch the goalie off guard and with her hard straight into the mesh. The go-ahead goal for Canada came on a pretty give and go up the right side between Jenna Adleman and Malinda Hapuararchchi. Adleman was able to then find Amanda Woodcroft who touched the ball past the goal keeper to put Canada up 3-2. The Australian’s tied the game up on a Canadian turn over at the top of the circle where andAustralian forward was able to flick it high stick side by goal keeper Alicia Frisch. The goal counted despite arguments that the ball was shot from outside the circle. The fourth and fifth goals for Australia came on two separate plays by Australia’s Jen Rowe. Her individual efforts led to her being named player of the game along with Canada’s Jenna Adleman, who had made a series of tackles inside the Canadian defensive end.