NSW begins Indoor Championships with four straight victories

A quick trip to the doctor’s surgery has been the only blip so far for Emma Corcoran and the NSW under-21s side at the Hockey Australia Indoor Championships.

GOAL: Emma Corcoran

GOAL: Emma Corcoran

The Blues were four from four after two days of competition, defeating the ACT and Western Australia on Wednesday.

Corcoran, one of the side’s youngest players, got on the scoresheet again during the 5-2 win over the ACT after putting away a penalty corner against Victoria on Tuesday night.

But the Dubbo star was forced to leave the court early in Wednesday’s second match.

“It was just a stick to the eyebrow,” Corcoran said.

NSW began its Championships in style on Tuesday, recovering after conceding an early goal to cruise past Queensland 7-1 before backing up that night with a 6-4 win over Victoria.

The side was back on the court bright an early on Wednesday, beating the side from the nation’s capital before edging out Western Australia 2-1.

“We’re undefeated so far which is a real plus,” Corcoran said.

“It was really good to start with two wins.

“Today (Wednesday) against Western Australia, they were our toughest competition so far. We play them again later on so that will be good to see how far we’ve come then.”

After the impressive win over Queensland, the Blues turned out again Illawarra that night.

The side shot out of the blocks, with captain and Orange star Rachel Divall opening the scoring before NSW struck twice more inside the opening 10 minutes.

Victoria hit back twice but NSW didn’t lose focus and went on to score a strong win.

The match against ACT was played at 9am on Wednesday and Corcoran was again among the goals. She scored her side’s opening goal in that clash, putting the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute.

Corcoran, with her stitched up eyebrow, was due to play Queensland overnight.


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