JILLAROOS 6-1 (HT:3-1) INDIA
For Jillaroos: Kathryn Slattery 17 (F), Murphy Allendorf 19 (F), Madison Fitzpatrick 31 (PC), Brooke Peris 41,69 (PC,F), Anna Flanagan 46 (PS)
For India: Anupa Barla 27 (F)
Australia’s U21 women’s hockey team, the Jillaroos, saw off India in their opening match of the Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Saturday night. A 6-1 win came courtesy of a quickfire double midway through the first half and goals either side of half time with Brooke Peris also netting late in the game.
In between, India refused to lie down and threatened on a number of occasions but the result demonstrated Australia’s superiority.
The match began after an interruption following torrential rain, which flooded the pitch and caused the delay of the match preceding Australia’s.
After finally getting underway, the opening spell witnessed Australia threaten but find themselves thwarted on several occasions before a devastating period midway through the half saw the game swing in the Jillaroos’ favour as two goals in as many minutes put them 2-0 ahead.
Kathryn Slattery’s (WA) close range finish on 17 minutes broke the deadlock and her strike was quickly followed up by one from Murphy Allendorf (QLD), whose goal doubled Australia’s advantage. India were not about to lie down though and following a sustained period of pressure, which forced Australia goalkeeper Elizabeth Duguid into a string of saves, Anupa Barla converted to half the deficit.
Madison Fitzpatrick (QLD) restored the Jillaroos’ two goal cushion with a stunning penalty corner flick shortly before half time and Brooke Peris (NT) made it 4-1 just six minutes into the second half.
World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan (ACT) kept her cool to convert a penalty stroke to extend the Jillaroos’ lead to 5-1 before Peris grabbed her second late in the game as she finished well following an Australian counter-attack.
The result leaves the Jillaroos second in the pool following New Zealand’s 10-0 win over Russia, who are Australia’s opponents on Sunday evening (11:30pm AEST) while India will face Black Sticks (6:30pm IST) (More details and schedule here).