Lynch stars, faces selection fight
AUSTRALIAN fringe goalkeeper Rachael Lynch is seemingly out of the Olympic selection frame despite starring in the Hockeyroos strong 3-0 win over the USA in the third Test at Buderim yesterday.
Lynch was superb in front of goal as the Australians kept a clean sheet in the final match of the series at Ballinger Park Sports Complex.
The 25-year-old Victorian was last night left out of the Australian squad to tour New Zealand for a four nations tournament starting next week.
Instead, veteran Toni Cronk, who is an almost certainty for London, and Ashlee Wells were given the nod to face off against New Zealand, the USA and India.
Before yesterday Lynch had just 35 minutes of game time on the Sunshine Coast but she impressed in the rout which left the series score at 2-1 in the USA's favour.
Lynch will have one final chance to press her Olympic claims if she can force her way into the team for the London Cup in June.
"I haven't had many games this year but I've just been working hard at training and waiting for my opportunity," Lynch said.
"I'm really glad that today I could put something decent on the park and I was happy to take a nil scoreline."
Emily Hurtz opened the scoring in the 12th minute and two minutes later Claire Messent powered one home and the Australians looked in total control.
They spent almost the entire first half in the USA's half and had another several shots on goal before the break.
The Hockeyroos continued the rout with Jade Close scoring shortly after the break, all but sealing the match.
The USA had their chances in the second half, including several penalty corners, but Lynch deflected everything that came her way.
The match capped off a successful weekend for host club Sunshine Coast Hockey, with tournament director Bruce Potts saying crowds had exceeded expectations.
"It's been above what we thought," Potts said.
"On Thursday night it was 50% above what we expected and (Saturday) was just a cracker, (yesterday) was probably down a bit."
"But being Easter Sunday and seeing there's a few big events on the Coast today, it has been good."
AUSTRALIA 3 - Emily Hurtz, Claire Messent, Jade Close