New Zealand’s Brooke Neal scored in the 67th minute in the second phase of a penalty corner, but it was an all Australian affair before that with a penalty corner conversion from Mariah Williams and field goals from Georgia Nanscawen, Murphy Allendorf and Madison Fitzpatrick.
“I thought during the first 20 minutes we played pretty well and it was quite an even match. It was 1-0 at half time, but then Australia scored two minutes into the second half and we let that affect us,” says head coach Chris Leslie.
“The Australians were more urgent getting to the ball than us and demonstrated better core skills. We have a training tomorrow and the focus will be on the basics – we need the basics to be firmly in place if we are to be competitive against teams at the Junior World Cup,” says Leslie.
Leslie said there were more chances to score in this game than the first, with Katherine van Woerkom’s strike at goal bouncing off the post and more penalty corners being awarded to the Kiwis. Stand out players were goalkeeper Sarah Mathews, Rachel McCann and Phillipa Symes.
The team have a day off tomorrow before their final game on Sunday.
Australia 4 (Mariah Williams, Georgia Nanscawen, Murphy Allendorf, Madison Fitzpatrick) New Zealand 1 (Brooke Neale). HT: 1-0
Match Schedule, Junior World Cup Qualifier (Gold Coast), NZ Time
Wednesday 27 Feb – Australia (3-1 Australia win)
7pm, Friday 1 March – Australia (4-1 Australia win)
3pm, Sunday 3 March – Play-offs
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