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Aust, NZ women play for Darwin hockey gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/06/2016
Emily Smith © AAP Image/Getty Images, Mark Dadswell Emily Smith

The Hockeyroos have beaten India 2-1 in their last round-robin game at the International Hockey Open in Darwin.

Australia began with a fast-paced first quarter on Friday evening with Grace Stewart scoring a field goal in the ninth minute.

The Indian team responded quickly with a high deflection from Lilima Minz soaring into goal to level at 1-1 at the end of the first term and the second quarter was scoreless.

The Hockeyroos came close to scoring three times at the end of the third quarter with narrow misses from Stewart and Kathryn Slattery, and through a deflection from Kirsten Dwyer, with India's goalkeeper Savita doing excellent defensive work.

Eight minutes into the final quarter, Australia had a double opportunity at a penalty corner but could not convert either.

In her 150th game, Emily Smith scored a scorcher of a field goal following a smooth pass from Dwyer, giving Australia a 2-1 lead with just five minutes to go.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said it was a fairly comprehensive victory.

"I don't think we gave them too many chances, but I would have preferred we didn't give away a couple of opportunities late in the game.

"I thought we had a lot of opportunity but we need to be more clinical in our execution. I was pleased we were able to come away with the win," Commens said.

Australia will play New Zealand on Saturday night in the gold medal match.

The Black Sticks defeated Japan 2-1 earlier on Friday evening, leaving India to take on Japan for third place.

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