Hockeyroos out of Champions Trophy

UNDER PRESSURE: Australia's Casey Sablowski (left) and Netherland's Margot van Geffen chase the ball during their Champions Trophy clash in London.
UNDER PRESSURE: Australia's Casey Sablowski (left) and Netherland's Margot van Geffen chase the ball during their Champions Trophy clash in London. Adam Davy

HOCKEY: The Hockeyroos have been knocked out of the Champions Trophy in London after going down to the Netherlands 2-1.

Needing a win to keep their hopes alive in the six-team tournament, the Hockeyroos went behind to a Michelle van der Pol field goal just in the sixth minute.

Driving rain made scoring opportunities difficult to come by, and it wasn’t until the second half that the world No.1-ranked Dutch extended their lead through a Willemijn Bos penalty corner.

Kathryn Slattery – who had controversially been denied a goal earlier by the video referee – got the Hockeyroos on the board in the 51st minute with her third goal of the tournament, but it wasn’t enough for coach Adam Commens’ side.

“One of the things we tried to do was take a step closer to the Dutch. With the pitch the way it was, it made it very difficult for both teams. I thought that we competed really well,” Commens said.

“It’s been quite frustrating, we just can’t take a trick with our video umpiring – I thought it was a goal from Kathryn Slattery. It’s very frustrating for the players because they work very hard and we’ve had a bad run of luck with some umpiring decisions.”

Several Hockeyroos marked milestones during the match, with Casey Sablowski playing her 250th international game, while Jane Claxton and Georgie Parker brought up 100 games.

“It was a really tight match, in really tough conditions. Hockey’s a really difficult game at the best of times, let alone when it’s pouring rain,” Sablowski said.

“It just showed that we have to capitalise our opportunities up front, and definitely can’t let them in with any chances at the back.

“We were pretty good and contested through the midfield and probably lacked a little bit of speed with the slow pitch out there tonight.”

Australia plays its final game of the tournament against Great Britain on Sunday morning (AEST).

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