The Hockeyroos have claimed the 2015 Oceania Cup title after defeating Trans-Tasman rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks 2-1 in dramatic circumstances.
It took a shoot-out to separate the two sides after the match had finished 1-1 in regulation time with the Hockeyroos going on to win the shoot-out 2-1.
The Black Sticks took an early 1-0 lead but the Hockeyroos turned the score around at the 23rd minute. VIS athlete Laura Barden sneaked a quick on target deflection past New Zealand’s goalkeeper, deadlocking the score 1-1.
The Hockeyroos managed to penetrate their attacking circle, however, couldn’t seem to breakdown the Black Sticks robust defensive structure to convert their opportunities, pushing the match into a deciding shoot-out on the final siren.
VIS athlete Rachael Lynch played well during the shoot-out scenario, helping the Aussies to sneak a 2-1 victory, claiming back their 2013 Oceania Cup title.
The Hockeyroos will now look ahead to their World League Final campaign in Rosario, Argentina from 6-14 December 2015. The Hockeyroos’ World League squad will be named in the coming weeks.
In other hockey news, the Kookaburras have ended New Zealand's hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a 3-2 win in the Oceania Cup final.