The Hockeyroos have defeated New Zealand 1 – 0 on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, recording their third straight win at Birmingham University.
NSWIS scholarship holder Kaitlin Nobbs scored the one and only goal of the match, securing the win against the Kiwis, who defeated the Aussies in the 2018 final on the Gold Coast.
Scoring off a first-quarter penalty stroke, Kaitlin has proven a force to be reckoned with, coming from only four career goals at the start of the tournament to scoring all three penalty strokes she’s taken during the Games.
NSWIS athlete Grace Stewart said the rivalry with New Zealand was as fierce as ever.
“We’ve played them plenty of times over the past few years and every time against them is hard, very physical and we’re both going at each other the whole game,” said Grace
“We find we have a lot of possession but we’re trying to win more penalty corners, more field goals is definitely the aim.
“The girls coming off the field are like ‘we moved the ball so well today, passing around.
“It’s just that final finishing touch we’re going to try and nail in the later games.”
The match positions Australia at the top of their pool and marked a special milestone for Grace who celebrated her 100th match for the Hockeyroos.
Grace was one of four Aussies to secure their 100th cap for the Hockeyroos at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with Kaitlin securing hers against South Africa yesterday.
Grace and Kaitlin, joined team mates Renee Taylor and Madison Fitzpatrick to reach the milestone, a feat Grace said was incredibly special.
“We came through the juniors playing against each other…Kaitlin and I in the same team but against Maddy and Renee,” Grace said.
“It’s pretty unbelievable actually. When you are little you hope and dream to play one game, so to do that was a dream come true. Now to be on the cusp of playing 100 games, it doesn’t feel real.”
The Hockeyroos will take on Scotland in their final group match of the Games, on Wednesday August 3 at 6pm AEST.
Quotes via Hockey Australia / AAP