Warrnambool's Madi Ratcliffe wins silver medal in Commonwealth Games with Hockeyroos

PROUD EFFORT: Warrnambool's Madi Ratcliffe won a silver medal with the Hockeyroos on Saturday. Picture: Grant Treeby/Hockey Australia
PROUD EFFORT: Warrnambool's Madi Ratcliffe won a silver medal with the Hockeyroos on Saturday. Picture: Grant Treeby/Hockey Australia

PRIDE overran inital disappointment as Madi Ratcliffe’s Hockeyroos accepted Commonwealth Games silver medals on Saturday.

That’s the belief of Ratcliffe’s father, Chris, who flew to the Gold Coast with family to watch Madi take part in the time-honoured event.

Ratcliffe’s Hockeyroos suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at the hands of New Zealand on Saturday.

The Hockeyroos entered the final without having their net breached in five matches leading up to the final, but a 14-minute spell where they conceded three goals consigned them to silver.

Chris Ratcliffe said his daughter and the entire Australian side was proud of the achievement.

“We’re extremely proud of how hard she has worked to get to where she’s managed to get to,” he said.

“A lot of people probably just expect our hockey to do well. But if you look at results and how other international teams are progressing, there’s not a big gap between the top 10.

“All the girls are very proud of what they’ve been able to do in such a short period. It’s a completely changed squad with new coaching staff.

“To be inside after the top four or five is a magnificent effort. Obviously they were a bit disappointed after the game but after that, they were proud.”