Crookwell’s Emily Smith has walked off the hockey field disappointed early on Tuesday with her team’s quest for gold over before reaching the medal games.It had been a similar disappointment to the one Goulburn’sGlenn Turner in the Kookaburras suffered the day before,going down to the Netherlands four goals to nil.
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The Hockeyroos had made the quarter finals but arch rivals New Zealand were the better team on the day in the sudden death match, defeating Australia four goals to two. Both Australia’s goals were scored byKathryn Slattery.The Aussies had all of the attack in the first quarter,but the Kiwi’s had the first chance on goal with a penalty corner seven minutes in. Anita McLaren took the shot that soared straight past Rachael Lynch into the top right corner of the net.

Kelsey Smith wasnext to score for New Zealand,converting one of their multiple penalty corners in the second quarter. Three minutes into the second half Australia finally scored. Slattery converted a penalty corner.Minutes later a New Zealand cross through the circle directly to Gemma Flynn, standing directly in front of goal was flicked into the net. Minutes later, New Zealand extended their lead with Olivia Merry sneaking a shotpast Rachael Lynch.With just two minutes left Slattery scored a swift field goal, but it wasn’t enough.

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