Bone scores, Hockeyroos finish 2016 in winning fashion

GOAL TIME: The Hockeyroos celebrate Edwina Bone's goal against India. Photo: GRANT TREEBY/HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

GOAL TIME: The Hockeyroos celebrate Edwina Bone's goal against India. Photo: GRANT TREEBY/HOCKEY AUSTRALIA

Orange product Edwina Bone and her Hockeyroos finished their 2016 scheduled with back-to-back wins over India at the International Festival of Hockey, the first of which Bone scored a rare goal in from a penalty corner.

After going down to the Indians 1-0 in the first of their three-Test series, Bone and her Hockeyroos bounced back to win the second fixture 4-1.

Bone scored the fourth of those goals from a penalty corner in the 51st minute, while Kathryn Slattery, Georgia Nanscawen and Ashlea Fey also found the back of the net.

That game was last Friday, and Australia followed it with a 3-1 win on Sunday to complete the series win.

“It was a fantastic way to finish the series,” Hockeyroos interim coach Jason Duff said.

“We started well, we created a lot of opportunities and then against the run of play India got a goal which tested the resolve of the group.

“I’ve been really impressed with the girls over the two-week period and the way they’ve learnt how to play in a couple of different ways. We want to play open and free, and we want to play attacking.

“They’ve learnt how to fight and grind, and how to push through a game and find the net late in the game which for me is fantastic.

“The thing that I’m impressed with is that over two weeks we’ve had some girls who may have doubted their ability at an international level but over the six games they’ve proven that they’re more than capable.

“I think that puts the Hockeyroos in a pretty good place going forward. There’s still a lot of senior players to come back in but now there’s going to be some challenge to them to step up and make some improvements because this group’s certainly on the way.”

The Hockeyroos wore ‘Fair go, sport!’ rainbow coloured socks during the match to support equality in sport, and to promote safe and inclusive sporting environments by promoting awareness and understanding of sexuality and gender diversity.

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