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Hockeyroos coach unhappy despite win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/04/2016

Australia's 4-0 win over Canada at the Hawke's Bay Cup women's hockey tournament in Hastings has left coach Adam Commens disappointed and unhappy.

World No.3 Australia completely dominated 19th-ranked Canada on Tuesday, creating a huge number of gilt-edged scoring opportunities.

Australia led 3-0 at halftime, Georgina Morgan and Jodie Kenny converting penalty corners while Grace Stewart completed the first half scoring with a field goal in the 18th minute.

Canada's defence was more secure in the second half, and Australia were only able to add one more goal when Stewart scored her second in the 56th minute.

At the end of pool play in Group A, Japan takes the top spot from Australia with 10 goals to seven, followed by Canada and Korea.

Commens said Australia's lack of finishing was disappointing, and he believes the players aren't putting the lessons learnt on the practice turf into their match-day performance.

"It's a little bit frustrating when you have the amount of possession and chances we had and you don't score more," he said.

"I know our players are better than what they've shown and I'm just imploring them to start to bring into practice in these games the sorts of things we've been training."

Commens said the Hawke's Bay Cup was part of a larger plan aimed at Rio Olympics success.

"I think the way that we're playing throughout the pitch is positive. We're creating those chances. We just need to tidy up the end zone."

In the earlier game, Japan downed South Korea 2-1 with goals to Hazuki Nagai and Yuri Nagai after Korean captain Bomi Kim gave them the early lead with a first-quarter penalty stroke.

New Zealand top Group B with wins over China and India, with one match remaining against Ireland.

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