The Netherlands defeated the Hockeyroos in November’s Champions Trophy final and August’s World Cup semis on penalties, so revenge will be on the Australians’ minds.
Australia (World Ranked #3) host Netherlands (World Ranked :1): Match 4 of Womens FIH Pro League.
Prediction: Netherlands to win
Netherlands Team Preview:
Match 2 : Highlights (New zealand 1-0 loss to the Netherlands.)
Netherlands 1 (38’ Maartje Krekelaar FG)
New Zealand 0
Player of the Match: Malou Pheninckx (NED)
- The match between the New Zealand and Netherlands women’s teams was also a close one, with the sixth ranked Black Sticks holding their own against the World and European champions for long periods of the contest.
- The top-ranked Netherlands had a high penalty corner strike correctly ruled out early in the game, while Olivia Merry’s speculative backhand effort rattled the side of the Netherlands goal in the second quarter before Dutch striker Frederique Matla fired over the crossbar just before half time.
- Dutch goalkeeper Josine Koning made an important save midway through the third quarter before her team finally broke the deadlock thanks to Maartje Krekelaar, who slipped the ball past New Zealand goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon from close range in the 38th minute.
Australia Team Preview:
The world No.3 Hockeyroos will celebrate the return of Georgia Wilson and Mariah Williams from long-term injuries , Georgia Wilson and Mariah Williams both return from long-term injuries for the Hockeyroos in the big positive news from selection.
The Hockeyroos have had a shift in their leadership structure, with incumbent captain Emily Chalker being joined by Jodie Kenny and Georgina Morgan in a captaincy triumvirate.
Wamuran defender Kenny, 30, has vast experience with 212 caps and 109 goals while Crookwell forward Chalker, 26, has 211 caps and 75 goals to her name. Defender Morgan, who hails from Armidale in NSW, is 25-years-old and has 76 caps and 18 goals.
The captaincy will be shared around game-by-game during the Pro League
Australia 18-member Squad team:
Kristina Bates (Port Melbourne, VIC)
Edwina Bone (Orange, NSW) *Plays for ACT
Lily Brazel (Sydney, NSW) *Plays for VIC
Emily Chalker (Crookwell, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) *Plays for QLD
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) *Plays for QLD
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC)
Ambrosia Malone (Burleigh, QLD)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Hayley Padget (Doncaster, VIC)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW)
Sophie Taylor (Melbourne, VIC)
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) *Plays for SA
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Georgia Wilson (Mahogany Creek, WA)
Australia Probable Starting 11 :
Wells ashlee (gk)
Kenny jodie (c)
Impact Substitutes :
Bench as per Squad mentioned above
Netherlands Probable Starting 11 :
De waard xan
Van maasakker caia
Van den assem ireen
Koning josine (gk)
Van geffen margot
De goede eva (c)
Impact Substitutes :
Van der veld hester
Key Players to watch Out :
Netherlands: Koning josine,Krekelaar maartje,De goede eva, Pheninckx malou,Van den assem ireen
Australia :Kenny jodie,Bone edwina,Claxton jane,Williams mariah,Chalker