Hockeyroos suffer 1-0 defeat to Belgium

The Hockeyroos have lost 1-0 to Belgium in their FIH Pro League clash in Antwerp.

Australia's women's hockey team have suffered a first defeat on their European leg after a 54th-minute goal from Ambre Ballenghien earned Belgium a 1-0 FIH Pro League win.

Having already qualified for the finals - where they will join the Netherlands, Argentina and Germany - the Hockeyroos were up against quality opposition in Wednesday's pre-finals test in Antwerp.

Jocelyn Bartram's goal line clearance kept the Australians in the game early on while Rachael Lynch made an impressive double save in her record 208th appearance for an Australian goalkeeper in the second quarter.

Both defences continued to hold firm in the second half but it was after the hosts won their first penalty corner of the match that Ballenghien deflected the ball home for Belgium's winner.

Australia gambled by bringing Lynch off and playing with 11 outfielders, and only some desperate tackles prevented the hosts from walking in a second goal.

Australia play their final home-and-away Pro League match against the Netherlands on Sunday in Amstelveen.


AAP