A strong second half performance has helped the WA
Diamonds record a 3-0 win over the NT Pearls in their opening 2012 Australian
Hockey League fixture in Perth.
The Diamonds struggled early to break down a resolute
Pearls defence, but goals to Kath Slattery, Ashleigh Nelson and Jemma Buckley
in the second half ensured the WA side got their campaign off to a solid start.
With the Diamonds fielding 2012 Olympians Kobie McGurk,
Jayde Taylor and Nelson, it was anticipated the hosts would have too much fire
power for the team from the Northern Territory.
The Pearls however, were difficult to broach in the first
half, with both sides seeming slightly disjointed in attack.
The second half needed just three minutes to break the
dead lock, with Slattery the beneficiary. WA seized on its opportunity to steal
a 2-0 lead just two minutes later, when Nelson converted, before a nice team
move resulted in Buckley scoring the third goal for the Diamonds.
The Diamonds face Tasmania in its second match