Aussie hockey women score 18-0 record
29 July 2002
Australia set a Commonwealth Games women’s record hockey score when they thrashed Malaysia 18-0 in Pool 1 on Monday 29 July.
The Commonwealth Games champions bettered the previous record, which they set themselves in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 when they beat Namibia 15-1.
The world women’s record score in an international still stands from 1923 when England beat France 23-0.
Australia’s win gave them a maximum nine points and an automatic place in the semi-finals of the competition, leaving Malaysia in the play-off for seventh and eighth place.
Today’s win for the tournament favourites was not unexpected, but the Malaysians put up a brave fight with their goalkeeper Siti Azura Yusuf desperately trying to keep the Aussies at bay.
A goal tally of 25 from three games with only one conceded tells the story of Australia’s power and relentless scoring in their pool programme.
Australia’s top scorer Ngaire Smith said: “It was good to get the first goal out of the way, as in every game.”
Team-mate Louise Dobson added: “We had objectives to work but we did not play as well as we could. We still need to build on things. Where the opposition is not as strong, we need to not fall into bad habits.”
The top scorer was Ngaire Smith with four goals. There were hat-tricks for Louise Dobson and Nikki Hudson while their other scorers were Karen Smith (2), Jo Banning (2), Bianca Langham Pritchard, Bianca Netzler, Julie Towers and Brooke Morrison.
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