The NSW Arrows remained top of their pool with an 8-1 win over the Tassie Van Demons in Hobart, while the Queensland Scorchers bounced back from their opening round loss to record a 5-1 win in Canberra over the Strikers.
Canberra hosts NSW in the capital next weekend, while Queensland entertains Tassie in front of an expected sellout crowd in Brisbane. The AHL Finals are due to take place on the Gold Coast from 25-28 October.
Tassie Van Demons 1 (Lawrence 60’) NSW Arrows 8 (Watterson 13’, 13’, Jenner 26’, Stewart 30’, 30’, 55’, 55’, Johnston 54’), Hobart
The NSW Arrows are top of Pool B after Grace Stewart led them to a healthy win away to the Tassie Van Demons at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre on Sunday.
Jess Watterson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a converted field goal.
Kate Jenner doubled NSW’s lead with a 26th minute penalty corner goal, before Stewart made it 5-0 on the stroke of half-time with a converted field goal.
The third term was more even, before Sarah Johnston added a sixth from a short corner, before Stewart grabbed another two.
In the dying stages, Tasmania netted a consolation from Samantha Lawrence.
Canberra Strikers 1 (Taseska 10’) Queensland Scorchers 5 (Taylor 22’, 40’, Greiner 60’ PP, 60’), Canberra
The Queensland Scorchers have bounced back from their Round One loss in Sydney to record a come-from-behind 5-1 win over Canberra Strikers at the National Hockey Centre on Sunday.
Tina Taseska put the hosts ahead with a 10th minute goal from a penalty corner.
Queensland levelled through Hockeyroo Renee Taylor in the 22nd minute although she failed to score her conversion attempt.
Taylor made up for the miss when she scored a penalty stroke in the 40th minute.
Rebecca Greiner, who netted the first-ever PumpPlay last round, did it again with a 60th minute strike, before taking the conversion to seal a big win.