Jillaroos Went Down to Spain to Finish 5th at Junior World Cup

Australia’s U21 women’s hockey team, the Jillaroos, finished sixth at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Germany on Sunday after going down 1-0 to Spain in their final match of the tournament.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoIn a game reminiscent of their earlier quarter final defeat to England, Australia were in control throughout but failed to find a way past a determined Spanish defence and ultimately lost out to one of their opponent’s rare shots on target.

The match was decided by a solitary penalty corner goal from Spain’s Cristina Guinea in the 23rd minute. And while the Jillaroos had their chances, particularly from penalty corners, they emerged goalless against opponents that had finished top of Pool D earlier in the tournament. Continue reading →

Jillaroos beat USA in 5th-8th Place Match of Junior World Cup (Women)

The Jillaroos, Australia’s U21 women’s hockey team, bounced back from the disappointment of their quarter final defeat 24 hours earlier to beat USA 4-1 in the battle for the fifth to eighth classification spots at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup on Friday night. The victory means the Australian women will now contest the fifth-sixth place playoff at 7:00pm AEST on Sunday against Spain, who defeated South Africa 3-1 in other 5th-8th place classification match.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoNew South Wales pair Emily Smith and Nina Khoury gave the Jillaroos a two goal cushion before American Tara Vittese halved the deficit to set up an exciting final quarter of an hour. With the Americans pushing for a late equaliser, the Jillaroos took full advantage with Murphy Allendorf (QLD) putting the result beyond doubt from the penalty spot three minutes from full time. And there was still time for a fourth goal when Anna Flanagan (ACT) successfully converted a penalty corner in the final minute. The World Young Player showed good composure having earlier seen her penalty stroke cannon back off the right post before half time. Continue reading →

England Battle Their Way into Semi Finals of Junior World Cup (Women)

England Under-21 Women battled their way into the semi finals of the ERGO Junior World Cup when they beat rivals Australia 1-0 in Thursday afternoon’s quarter final match in Germany.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoOn top for almost the entire 70 minutes of the match, the Jillaroos lost out on a place in the semi finals after 26th minute goal from Canterbury’s Grace Balsdon proved enough for the English girls.

Prior to the match the Jillaroos were boosted by the return of Victorian Georgia Nanscawen from injury. The youngest woman to play 100 senior international matches for Australia had missed the Jillaroos’ three Pool C clashes with bruising on the knee bone but returned just as the tournament hotted up, metaphorically and physically. Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks edged out of quarter-finals by Jillaroos

In an absolute nail biter in which the two trans-Tasman rivals traded goals throughout, the Junior Black Sticks Women have drawn 3-3 with the Australian Jillaroos in their final pool game of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup (Women) in Germany.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoThe result continues Australia’s unbeaten run at the tournament and ensures progression from Pool C as group winners, meaning they will face the second placed finisher from Pool D – either Germany, Spain or England, and also India progresses to quarter finals as Pool C runners-up and will face winners of Pool D.

It was a strong-willed team effort from the New Zealanders which was finished off when Canterbury’s Cass Reid scored her second goal of the night in the final minute of the game. However, it was a win that the Kiwis were needing tonight. Continue reading →

Jillaroos Beat Russia 6-0 in Junior Hockey World Cup (Women)

A hat-trick from Madison Fitzpatrick was central to the Jillaroos’ 6-0 victory over Russia on day two of the Ergo Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach on Sunday. The Queenslander struck three times while teammates Murphy Allendorf (QLD), Kathyrn Slattery (WA) and birthday girl Emily Smith (NSW) also inked their names on the score sheet.

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The Jillaroos moved to the top of Pool C with the result following India’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the other match in the group.

And while the six goal margin of victory was as comprehensive as might be imagined, it may well have been larger but for the performance of the substitute Russian goalkeeper Viktoriia Alexandrina, who played a critical role in thwarting Australia efforts throughout the second half. Continue reading →

Jillaroos Beat India in Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup Opener

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)

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoAustralia’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. Continue reading →