Australia outplays China 3-0 at hockey preliminary

Updated: 2007-08-12 10:41

Pan Fengzhen (L) of China defends in a match against Australia in the "Good Luck Beijing" 2007 International hockey Tournament in Beijing August 11, 2007. The tournament is a test event for next year's Olympics. [Xinhua]

Australian women's team crushed China 3-0 in its last preliminary in Beijing on Saturday before the two sides are to clash again in Monday's final.

Hope Munro put Australia ahead in the ninth minute and Nicole Hudson found the net in the 54th minute before Rebecca Sanders slotted the third goal four minutes later.

Within four minutes before the final whistle, Australian goal keeper palmed away China's two penalty corners to lock the result.

Argentina whitewashed South Africa 6-0 earlier the day before the two teams battle for the bronze on Monday.

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