Congratulations Edwina Bone - Orange's Commonwealth Games gold medallist - Gallery

ORANGE'S own Edwina Bone is a Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

Australia's women's hockey team have won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal with an epic penalty shootout win over England in the final in rain-soaked Glasgow on Sunday morning (AEST).

Goal-scoring machine Jodie Kenny scored an equaliser for the Hockeyroos with just 15 seconds left on the clock to make the score 1-1 at fulltime.

And then goalkeeper Rachael Lynch pulled off three brilliant saves to hand the Hockeyroos the most thrilling of victories by 3-1 on penalties.

It was a shattering defeat for England who were ahead with less than a minute left in the match.

Down 1-0 with 24 seconds left on the clock, Australia were awarded a penalty corner, presenting one last attacking chance.

Anna Flanagan took the corner flick, only for it to be blocked, but then Kenny threaded the needle to score and send teammates into raptures and change the complexion of the match.

It's Australia's fourth Commonwealth victory from the five times hockey has been contested at the Games.

The Hockeyroos have proven the masters of the pressure situation, after also beating New Zealand on penalties to win the 2010 final in Delhi.

Casey Eastham was first to the spot in penalties and bamboozled England keeper Maddie Hinch back and forth before finally squeezing the ball in.

Next it was England's Georgie Twigg who managed to swerve around Australian goalie Lynch to square it up.

The door was left open for England when Australian Kellie White duffed the second penalty, only for Lynch to smother Alex Danson's attempt and make the ledger level again.

Then George Parker smashed her shot without worry, and Lynch backed up her efforts by saving another.

As if there wasn't enough drama already, Australia's hero Kenny turned momentary villain when she missed a penalty stroke.

Kenny had been fouled by the England keeper and was awarded a shot from the spot.

However the top-goal scorer pushed her attempt wide.

But after Lynch stepped up yet again, captain courageous Madonna Blyth put the pressure to one side and nailed the clinching penalty.

Coach Adam Commens had been confident before the match that a goal feast was the on cards if his side could set an early foundation.

But as the rain tumbled the goals failed to come and, despite a weight of possession, the Hockeyroos couldn't convert and world No.6 England made the most of it.

The previous day England beat New Zealand in the semi in an epic penalty shoot-out, and on Sunday they looked like they would be giant killers again.

After 48 minutes without a goal, it was the girls in red and white who broke the deadlock.

Susie Gilbert managed to get a pass into the middle of the circle, for Lily Owsley to skilfully dig it out of two of Australian sticks and smash home her shot.

But in the clutch moment, it was the Hockeyroos who came up gold.


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