Hockeyroo’s vs Korea Home Series Summary
4-2, 1-2, 6-0 & 1-3 were the score lines of the Hockeyroo’s v Korea matches played over the past week, with the Perth home series commencing on the 24th of April.
I don’t have to put the results into graph formation for all to clearly understand that our performance resembled the emotional state of a 50-year-old women or the listening capacity of a 50-year-old man….. inconsistent and fluctuating.
We got off to a positive start with the 4-2 win, with debutants Jane Claxton and Brooke Peris experiencing top-level hockey and contributing well to the team in their first game. The teams enthusiasm and willingness to press and counter in front of the boisterous home crowd served us well in running over the top of the ever-physical Korean team. As much as I hate it and try to not to take part in it, losing occasionally has its benefits as we inevitably go out of our way to learn more, fuelled by the frustration and embarrassment of underperforming.
Basking in the win and all its glory, we as a team did not identify or place enough importance on stringently analysing our winning performance to fix up the mistakes that the Korean team had not punished us for. Our lack of process as athletes meant we suffered the consequences the following game with Korea exposing our poor structure on the outlet and winning the game with 4 minutes to go through a stroke to Kim Young Ran. Korean forward Park mi Hyun also taught our defence a lesson in marking, running riot in the forward line with some impressive leading and clinical finishing in the attacking circle.
Saying that I don’t like losing is an understatement; I hate losing. You just have to ask my poor brother, who suffered several hits to the head with chess pieces, as I swiped the board clean opting to end the game before he could mutter, “checkmate”. I have no hesitations in saying that many of the girls in the team are as competitive and were equally determined to have an improved performance in the 3rd match.
The results were pleasing with a well-executed 6 – 0 win. It was a hard slog only being 1 up before halftime. It was great to see our group stick to the set game plan and keep our structure allowing the floodgates to eventually open. The game was filled with strong attacking movements, determination in the contest and some amusing goal celebration compliments of Madonna Blyth.
Excuse the change of subject but before I move onto the final game I am going to mention Geelong Football Club, a somewhat difficult decision given they are Victorian. According to a recent news article, from round 3 in 2007 to round 4 in 2013 the Geelong football club has won 123 matches, losing jut 27 times resulting in 3 premierships, making them the most consistent team in AFL history. This even outdoes Collingwood’s best performing team in the 1930’s (thank goodness).
Here in lies our problem! How do we become as consistent as Geelong and inevitably give ourselves the best chance of having regular and enduring success? Call me crazy, but winning 6 – 0 and then coming out in the final game and losing 3-1 does not scream consistency. If there was a simple answer to this problem than winning would be easy and Fremantle Dockers would have won a premiership by now. This is the situation as a team we are now faced with, and have now started the difficult process of addressing our mental attitude aiming to ascertain the cause of our varying results.
It was disappointing to draw the series given some strong performances but it has given us a clear indication that our consistency needs to improve before heading to the World Series in June, where strong repeated performances are essential.
Special mention goes to my team mates Georgia Nanscawen and Emily Smith who reached their 100th and 50th game milestone, while further congratulations extends to Edwina Bone, Mariah Williams, Brooke Peris and Jane Claxton who made their debut this series.