Hockeyroos ahead Rosie Malone suspects she’s public enemy primary in India proper now, after the Hockeyroos penalty shootout win over India within the girls’s hockey semi-finals on the Commonwealth Video games.
- The Hockeyroos beat India 3-Zero in a penalty shootout
- Rosie Malone was allowed to retake her shot after the timer failed to start out, having initially missed
- Australia will tackle England within the last after their shootout victory over New Zealand
Not that it bothers her.
Malone was the primary penalty taker within the one on ones, after the groups completed at 1-1 at full time.
She was by no means in charge of her try, and for the primary time in her worldwide profession, she missed.
However there was an surprising let-off when she was referred to as again to re-take the shot, as a result of the eight second countdown on the scoreboard hadn’t began.
“I used to be simply thanking the universe for a second probability,” Malone mentioned.
“I knew all of India would hate me if I put it in. However I used to be simply making an attempt to consider my crew, and that last.
“I simply mentioned to myself, if I get a second probability, I am not lacking it.”
Malone’s profitable do-over set the tone for the remainder of the Australians, as they secured a straightforward 3-Zero shootout win.
And it additionally characterised the distinction between the revitalised 2022 Hockeyroos, and the 2021 outfit that handled a bunch of off-field points, and misplaced to India within the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals.
“We have executed heaps of labor during the last 12 months, following from the Olympics, on simply with the ability to shift our mindset, shortly settle for what occurred and transfer on to the following factor,” Malone mentioned.
“I believe that was only a nice instance of how far our group’s include these issues.”
The Hockeyroos’ optimistic headspace was clear to see earlier than the match.
Whereas ready for the sooner semi-final to complete, the Australians gathered on the warm-up pitch and had a Bluetooth speaker pumping out tunes, with just a few gamers even belting out Hold Bleeding by Leona Lewis in an impromptu karaoke session.
They remained upbeat within the first quarter when Rebecca Greiner put them forward, and so they had many extra possibilities to push forward — however India’s defence was spectacular.
Within the last quarter, India hit again by way of Vandana Katariya, because the Australians conceded for the primary time within the match.
However Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton acquired the job executed within the shootout.
The Hockeyroos will face England within the gold medal match, after the host nation additionally triumphed in a shootout, in opposition to New Zealand.
“It is precisely what we got here right here for and to tackle England, at their dwelling Comm Video games, with a house crowd,” goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram mentioned.
“Hockey will not be the most important sport on the planet so to have the ability to play in entrance of a crowd that is going to be up and about goes to be a wonderful expertise in itself.”
Malone can be enthusiastic about making an attempt to get again on prime of the rostrum, after a silver medal at Gold Coast 2018.
“I do not even care if England’s all in opposition to us, it is simply so cool to have an environment,” she mentioned.
“And for our crew to get the gold, I believe it might simply actually symbolize how far we have come and all of the onerous work we have been doing.”