Coast player scores on debut for Hockeyroos

PROSPECT: Ashlea Fey playing for Valley Hockey Club in Brisbane
PROSPECT: Ashlea Fey playing for Valley Hockey Club in Brisbane Husted Images

HOCKEY: Sunshine Coast's Ashlea Fey scored on debut for the Hockeyroos on Thursday night, during a 6-0 rout of New Zealand at Auckland.

The 24-year-old, who was called into the national team after a stirring performance in the Australian Hockey League, hit the back of the net three minutes into the final quarter through a corner.

The match also featured Jacqui Day, who came on as a substitute, while fellow Coaster Kerryl Chandler made her debut as an umpire.

Fey's goal was the Hockeyroos' fifth of the match.

Hockeyroos interim head coach Jason Duff was delighted with the result in the first match of the three-game Trans-Tasman Series and and was pleased Fey scored

"Tonight was a good start for us, we set out to achieve and complete a few tasks that we knew would give us a chance,” he said in a Hockey Australia report, after the world's sixth ranked team stunned the fifth ranked Black Sticks.

"It was pleasing to see all three debutants perform well and compete for the entire match. It was also good to see (Kalindi) Commerford and Fey get onto the scoreboard.”

Fey got her spot in the side after making improvements to her fitness and strength during the past year.

She will be part of the squad for the series and for the three-match International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne.

Duff told the Daily last month: "This is the opportunity now (for her) to press for a (more permanent) spot...she'll have to put her best foot forward.”

Fey told the Daily she was in good shape, ahead of the series.

"I've been doing a a lot of fitness over the last six months at the QAS with my strength and conditioning coach and now I feel a step ahead at state level but I need to keep pushing my fitness for international level,” she said.

The second match will be contested on Saturday.

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