Rio Olympics: Hockeyroos knocked out by New Zealand

New Zealand were too strong for the Hockeyroos. Photo: Getty
New Zealand were too strong for the Hockeyroos. Photo: Getty

THE Hockeyroos were out-played by the Black Sticks in a “disappointing” 2-4 loss at the Rio Olympics.

Despite two goals from Como resident Kathryn Slattery, the Australian women’s hockey side could not defeat New Zealand in the quarter finals, which ended their Olympic journey.

Kiwi Anita McLaren kicked off the goal count when she scored from a penalty corner in the first quarter.

Another penalty corner saw the Australians almost equalise with a shot from the wing by Brooke Peris, cousin of Olympic fold medallist Nova Peris.

Black Sticks’ Kelsey Smith then scored to make it 2-0.

In the third quarter, Slattery scored the Hockeyroos first goal from a penalty corner.

Kiwi Gemma Flynn then put one into the back of the net and soon after, Olivia Merry also scored, which brought New Zealand into a solid lead of 4-1.

In the fourth quarter, Australia fought hard to make a mark on the scoreboard, when Mariah Williams trapped and passed to Slattery who smashed the ball into the goal.

Despite the score line, goalkeeper and Royal Perth Hospital nurse Rachael Lynch put in a dominant performance and was one of the best on ground.

On Facebook, Hockeyroo and Marmion resident Georgie Parker said she was disappointed with the result but not disappointed with the past four years.

“This hurts more than I could have ever imagined… sorry Australia,” she wrote.