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Aussies thrash SA hockey women

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Australia cruised into the gold medal match of the women's hockey at the Commonwealth Games on Friday with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa.

The hockeyroos will face New Zealand or England in the final on Saturday.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Kellie White of Australia celebrates scoring the second goal in the Women's Hockey Semi Final between South Africa and Australia at Glasgow National Hockey Centre during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 1, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Winners of the gold medal in three of the four competitions since hockey was introduced to the Commonwealth programme, Australia have now scored 32 goals in winning their five games in Glasgow so far.

After a tight start, Emily Smith put the Aussies in front and Kellie White quickly doubled their lead to send the regining champions in 2-0 ahead at half-time.

White, Georgina Parker and Jane Claxton made it 5-0 after the break before Australia conceded for the first time in the tournament when Celtia Evans turned home a consolation for South Africa.

However, normal service was quickly resumed as Parker slammed home her second of the game before Georgia Nanscawen rounded off the scoring. – AFP

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