2014 runners-up the Queensland Scorchers continued their winning-streak with a crushing 9-0 win over the NT Pearls on day two of the women’s Australian Hockey League (AHL) powered by Premier Technology Solutions.
Queensland forward and national development squad member Murphy Allendorf’s hat-trick coupled with strikes from Jill Dwyer, a double from Jodie Kenny, siblings Savannah and Madison Fitzpatrick and Renee Taylor helped the Queensland Scorchers hold their position at the top of the standings in Pool B.
In the Victorian Vipers’ clash against the SA Suns, experienced forwards Emily Hurtz and Georgia Nanscawen’s two goals, ten minutes apart, helped settle their 2-0 victory.
The results mean that the Scorchers and Vipers are guaranteed their places in Pool C to play for positions one to four later in the competition with neither the Pearls or Suns able to make up the deficit in their final Pool B clashes.
In Pool A and under the watchful eye of new head coach Katrina Powell, the NSW Arrows were on target with a 7-0 win over the Tassie Van Demons. A double from captain Emily Smith and strikes from Greta Hayes, Mariah Williams, Cara Simpson, Grace Stewart and Lily Brazel made up the NSW Arrows’ firepower for the day.
Battling it out in the final match of the day, the Canberra Labor Club Strikers overcame the WA Diamonds 2-1 after Laura Gray and Catriona Bailey-Price netted two late goals in the fourth quarter. Hockeyroos forward Kathryn Slattery also hit target for the WA Diamonds earlier in the match.