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Canberra Strikers keep finals hopes alive with 7-0 win over Northern Territory

Underestimate the Canberra Strikers at your peril. 

That's the message Hockeyroos star Edwina Bone delivered after the Strikers kept their Australian Hockey League finals hopes alive with a 7-0 thrashing of Northern Territory in Brisbane. 

After a 4-2 loss in their tournament opener to Queensland, the Strikers were clinical in dispatching the tournament minnows on Sunday.  

The Strikers could manage only one goal in the first half but, led by Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan, their superior class was evident late. 

Canberra must now beat Victoria in its final round game on Tuesday to secure a top-four spot, and a place in the medal rounds. 

"Everyone always writes us off, but the past few years I've played we've always been a top-four finishing team," Bone said. 

"We've got a lot of young players coming through but that's no excuse; we expect to finish top four. 

"We keep our game plan very simple, we're a hard working team and very fit. 

"People can underestimate us, but we put on as much pressure as any other side in this competition."

Bone said the side improved on taking advantage of its opportunities after squandering goal-scoring chances against Queensland. 

"It was something we really lacked in the Queensland game. We practised being really clinical today and that's how we need to play against Victoria." 

Meanwhile, the Canberra Lakers beat South Australia 4-2 in Adelaide. 

The Lakers take on Tasmania in their final round game on Tuesday. A win there would put them into the finals.