Men: Australia 7 def USA 0
Goals – Australia:Cameron Joyce (20m PC), James Knee (27m FG), Will Gilmour (28 m FG), Dylan Wotherspoon (31m FG), Aidan Rintala (52m FG), Jack Elliott (55m FG), Flynn Ogilvie (62m FG)
Women: Australia 3 def Great Britain 0
Goals – Australia: Murphy Allendorf (25m FG), Mariah Williams (33m PC), Madison Fitzpatrick (68m PC)
MEN’S HOCKEY: The Australian men, the Burra’s put on a goal fest on day one of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival’s hockey tournament.
Seven different players hit the back of the net in the 7-0 defeat of the USA.
The first 20 minutes of the game was tightly contested and both sides were creating scoring opportunities.
Australia broke the deadlock through captain, Cameron Joyce from a penalty corner in the 21 minute and the floodgates opened from there.
Three goals within five minutes before half time from James Knee, Will Gilmour and Dylan Wotherspoon put Australia in complete control for the remainder of the match.
Aidan Rintala struck a field goal in the second half and that was followed by further goals to Jack Elliot and Flynn Ogilvy before full time.
Australian Captain, Cameron Joyce, said it was a great way for his side to get underway in the tournament.
“Not conceding a goal was pleasing but there plenty of things to work on,” Joyce said.
“Right from the start it was anyone’s game, we really had to grind it out for the first half but then we managed to get on top of them in the second half.”
Joyce said that Tom Craig and Matthew Dawson were two of the standouts on the pitch but the whole team played their role very well.
A few of the Australian players suffered from cramp during the game but Joyce is confident that they will all pull up in time for the next game.
“Our next game isn’t until 7 o’clock tomorrow night so we have got the maximum time to get fit before the game,” he said. “The physio will be running around full time but we will have everyone on the park ready to go.”
Joyce and the team are now putting their focus towards their next opponents, Great Britain.
“We played a couple of trial matches before the tournament so we learnt and bit about them and have some tactics we want to use against them,” Joyce said. We want to try and play our game at our pace and not get dictated by them.”
In the earlier men’s match, Great Britain won a high scoring encounter against Malaysia 7-3.
In tomorrow’s other men’s match the USA play Malaysia with both sides desperate to register their first win of the tournament.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY: The Australian Jillaroos got off to the perfect start at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) with a strong 3-0 win over Great Britain earlier today.
Great Britain had the edge early and produced several chances that were kept out by Australian goalkeeper, Caitlin Jeffries.
Australia began to pick up their intensity midway through the half and scored the first goal of the match when Murphy Allendorf finished off what was a brilliant counter attack spanning the length of the pitch.
On the stroke of half time they doubled their lead when a penalty corner was converted by Mariah Williams handing Australia a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
The second half was tightly contested but the Jillaroos held firm and refused to let anything into their net.
With just three minutes left the Great Britain defence was again exploited as Madison Fitzpatrick converted another penalty corner to give her side a 3-0 lead.
Australian coach, Craig Victory, was pleased both the result and with his team’s effort throughout the match.
“I was very happy, we followed on from a three test series and learnt a few things about GB,” Victory said.
Victory admitted that his side was a little slow out of the blocks.
“A little bit of nerves maybe first up and we didn’t quite get our structures right but as we moved into the game we started to free up and play the way we wanted to play,” he said.
Turnovers were a bit of a concerning point for the Australian team which they need to work before their next match.
Victory praised the efforts Jane Claxton, Jordyn Holzberger and Karrie McMahon in particular put in during the game.
“She (Claxton) was very strong in the middle, she made some good tackles, got the ball and won it going forward,” Victory said. “Jordyn Holzberger was really ideal for us carrying the ball and Karrie McMahon was rock solid at the back.”
In the other women’s fixture on day one China was too good for the USA prevailing 5-2.
In tomorrow’s games Australia face the USA and China clash with Great Britain.
Written by Beau Greenway, Australian Youth Olympic Festival Hockey Journalist