The new-look Hockeyroos remain undefeated in the Trans-Tasman series with a hard-fought draw in match three.
A first international goal from Shanea Tonkin has kept the Hockeyroos undefeated in the Trans-Tasman Series as they drew 1-1 with New Zealand in the penultimate match in Auckland.
Tonkin struck on the stroke of half time after Alia Jacques handed the Black Sticks a 6th minute lead.
Both sides had a host of changes from the line ups that took to pitch in Match 2 on Thursday. The Hockeyroos welcomed back Steph Kershaw for her first match of the series in place of the injured Rosie Malone.
The Hockeyroos were also without Amy Lawton, Penny Squibb and Meg Pearce.
Hannah Cullum-Sanders sent an early warning sign to the Black Sticks with a purposeful run into the attacking circle but the 18-year-old could not get her shot on target.
With the Black Sticks players also pushing their claims for World Cup and Commonwealth Games selection, the home side went ahead in the 6th minute when they picked apart the Hockeyroos defence, Jacques managing to bundle the ball over the line from a close range deflection.
The Hockeyroos won their first penalty corner of the match 5 minutes before halftime, Maddy Fitzpatrick’s drag flick saved by New Zealand goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon.
Then just before the main break Kershaw found Mariah Williams with a pass in the attacking circle, the striker hammering a powerful effort off the back foot and Tonkin produced a classy deflection giving O’Hanlon no chance.
Both sides created decent chances in the second half, Karri Somerville proving solid in the Hockeyroos defence with some crucial intercepts.
Goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram was required to keep her nerve to diffuse a threatening Black Sticks opportunity when the home side had a two on one situation in the circle, keeping the Hockeyroos on level terms.
The Hockeyroos were then forced to defend the Black Sticks’ first penalty corner of the match in the last play of the game which they did successfully to make it six draws from the teams’ past 11 meetings.
“It was really special and meant a lot…it has taken me a long time to get to this point,” said an emotional Tonkin after scoring her maiden Hockeyroos goal.
“In every game we have found areas that we need to improve on and I think we have stepped up with each game we have played.”
The final match of the Trans-Tasman Series is tomorrow at 1.35pm AEST.
The series is broadcast LIVE in Australia on LIVEHockey (subscription required).
New Zealand 1 (Jacques 6’)
Hockeyroos 1 (Tonkin 30’)
@ National Hockey Centre, Auckland
Hockeyroos: 1.Claire Colwill, 3.Brooke Peris, 8.Georgia Wilson, 9.Shanea Tonkin, 10.Maddy Fitzpatrick, 12.Greta Hayes, 13.Hattie Shand, 14.Steph Kershaw, 18.Jane Claxton (c), 19.Jocelyn Bartram (gk), 20.Karri Somerville, 24.Mariah Williams, 28.Hannah Cullum-Sanders, 29.Rebecca Greiner
Unused substitute: 7.Aleisha Power (gk)