Hockeyroos to gold medal game against England at Commonwealth Games after controversial penalty shootout

Hockeyroos forward Rosie Malone suspects she is currently public enemy number one in India, following the Hockeyroos penalty victory against India in the women’s hockey semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.

Not that she cares.

Malone was the first penalty taker in the one-on-one, after the teams finished 1-1 full-time.

She was never in control of her attempt and for the first time in her international career, she missed.

But there was an unexpected disappointment when she was called back to take the shot again, as the eight-second countdown on the scoreboard had not yet started.

“I was just thanking the universe for a second chance,” Malone said.

“I knew all of India would hate me if I put it in. But I was just trying to think about my team and that final.

“I just said to myself: if I get a second chance, I won’t miss it.”

The successful takeover of Malone set the tone for the rest of the Australians as they secured an easy 3-0 shootout win.

Australian hockey players hug after a goal in the Commonwealth Games semi-final against India.
Rebecca Greiner had opened the scoring for the Hockeyroos before India hit back.(Getty: Robert Cianflone)

And it also featured the difference between the revived 2022 Hockeyroos and the 2021 outfit that dealt with a host of off-field issues, losing to India in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.

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