Australian Hockeyroos draw 1-1 with New Zealand in trans-Tasman series

A first international goal from Shanea Tonkin has kept the Hockeyroos unbeaten in the trans-Tasman series after a 1-1 draw with New Zealand in the penultimate game in Auckland.

Tonkin struck just before half time after Alia Jacques gave the Black Sticks a sixth minute lead.

The Hockeyroos drew 2-2 with the Black Sticks in Tuesday’s series opener, before recording a 2-1 win in the second game on Thursday.

Hannah Cullum-Sanders sent an early warning sign to the Black Sticks with a purposeful run to the attacking circle, but the 18-year-old couldn’t get her shot on target.

With the Black Sticks players also pushing their World Cup and Commonwealth Games roster claim, the home side pushed on as they broke up the Hockeyroos defense to score through Jacques.

The Hockeyroos won their first penalty corner of the game five minutes before half time, but Maddy Fitzpatrick’s drag flick was saved by Black Sticks goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon.

Steph Kershaw then found Mariah Williams with a pass into the attacking circle just before half time, with the striker hammering a powerful effort from the back foot. Tonkin produced a classy deflection, leaving O’Hanlon no chance.

Both teams created decent chances in the second half, with Karri Somerville proving solid in the Hockeyroos defense through some crucial intercepts.

Goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram had to control her nerves to capitalize on a looming Black Sticks opportunity as the home side had a two-on-one situation in the circle, leaving the Hockeyroos on an equal footing.

The Hockeyroos were forced to defend the Black Sticks’ first penalty corner in the final game of the match, which they did successfully to make it six draws in the teams’ last 11 encounters.

The last game of the series will be played in Auckland on Sunday.

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