IT was the game the Hockeyroos so desperately needed – and Como resident Kathryn Slattery was responsible for producing the perfect start.
Slattery fired in the opening goal early as Australia’s womens hockey team finally won at Rio de Janeiro, defeating India 6-1.
Less than four minutes in, Australia’s first penalty corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble that presented Slattery with a simple, but smart opportunity to finish from close range.
It was her second goal of the Olympic tournament, having also scored in Australia’s 2-1 loss to the US.
The floodgates then opened for the Hockeyroos, with Georgina Morgan, Jane Claxton, Georgie Parker and Jodie Kenny (twice) finding the net.
Importantly for the Hockeyroos, who have struggled to execute effectively in previous games, they converted two further penalty corners and a penalty stroke – which came after a defender’s foot denied what would have been another penalty corner goal.
Australia conceded with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.
They play again Friday morning (Perth time) against Argentina.