FORMER Kinross-CYMS star Edwina Bone helped guide the Hockeyroos to a win in their World Cup semi-final against the USA on Thursday night.
Two-all at full-time, the Hockeyroos came up trumps 3-1 in a nerve-wracking shoot-out to qualify for Saturday’s (AEST) World Cup final, against hosts the Netherlands.
The win ensures the Hockeyroos will leave The Hague with a medal, giving them the opportunity to add a third gold to those won in 1994 and 1998.
Both teams battled for ascension for the better part of the first half, before Hockeyroo Kellie White broke the deadlock two minutes before the break.
The USA fired back 13 minutes into the second stanza through Kelsey Kolojejchick, before Anna Flanagan scored Australia’s second five minutes later.
In the dying stages of the game Kolojejchick grabbed her second, with a shot the Australians asked the referee to review. The Hockeyroos had lost their referral early in the game though, and the appeal fell on deaf ears.
Thankfully for Australia it didn’t matter as White, Georgie Parker and Jodie Kenny converted in the shoot-out, and Rachael Lynch made three vital saves to secure the win.
“I thought it was a typical semi-final,” Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said.
“You wouldn’t expect a semi-final to be an easy match and it wasn’t, it was very close.
“I have not been 100 per cent pleased with the way that we’ve played ... for us to not play at our best and to win matches and to reach a World Cup final says something about the ceiling we have.
“I’m really proud the girls were able to get the result and to reach our goal of reaching the final.”