Hockeyroos to play for gold after controversial penalty shootout


Hockeyroos forward Rosie Malone suspects she’s public enemy number one in India right now, after the Hockeyroos penalty shootout win over India in the women’s hockey semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games. 

Not that it bothers her. 

Malone was the first penalty taker in the one on ones, after the teams finished at 1-1 at full time. 

She was never in control of her attempt, and for the first time in her international career, she missed. 

But there was an unexpected let-off when she was called back to re-take the shot, because the eight second countdown on the scoreboard hadn’t started. 

“I was just thanking the universe for a second chance,” Malone said.

“I knew all of India would hate me if I put it in. But I was just trying to think about my team, and that final.

“I just said to myself, if I get a second chance, I’m not missing it.”

Malone’s successful do-over set the tone for the rest of the Australians, as they secured an easy 3-0 shootout win. 

Rebecca Greiner had opened the scoring for the Hockeyroos before India hit back.(Getty: Robert Cianflone)

And it also characterised the difference between the revitalised 2022 Hockeyroos, and the 2021 outfit that dealt with a host of off-field issues, and lost to India in the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals.



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