Burras finish in fourth at JWC

Burras finish in fourth at JWC

Germany take out bronze

Author: Holly MacNeil/Sunday, 18 December 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsKookaburras

BURRAS 0 (0)


Jan Schiffer 11 (FG)  
Timm Herzbruch 51, 60 (FG, PC) 

Germany have won the bronze at the Junior World Cup, leaving the Australian under 21’s, the Burras with a devastating 3 – nil loss and fourth position at the tournament. 

The Burras were off to a great start with Kiran Arunasalam, Lachlan Sharp and Matthew Bird working hard to get the ball right in front of the Australian net only minutes in, but Germany’s defense came through in numbers and managed to get the ball out of the field of play.

The Australian’s continued to dominated the first part of the game with the ball down in their circle for the much of the first half of the match. Putting them on the back foot and going against the run of play, Jan Schiffer was the first to score in the 11th minute with a goal deflected into the right of the net past keeper Matt Finn, giving Germany an early advantage.

Australia were up for the first penalty corner of the game three minutes into the second half, but the opportunity went unconverted. Germany followed up shortly after with a penalty corner opportunity of their own, but they too failed to convert.

In the 51st minute of play, the Germans came through and scored a second field goal, doubling their lead in the process, when Timm Herzbruch scored from a reverse flick directly in front of the net.

The fate of the game was sealed in the 60th minute, when Germany were awarded another penalty corner opportunity. This time the flick from Timm Herzbruch flew into the back of the net, giving Matt Finn no chance at a save.

With seven minutes of play remaining, the Burras went for it, taking off their goalkeeper to have the advantage of an extra field player on pitch.

Unfortunately for the Burras the risky move didn’t pay off and the siren sounded the end of the game, leaving the Burras with a devastating 3 – nil defeat and giving Germany the bronze of the Junior World Cup.

India later defeated Belgium 2 - 1 to take out the Junior World Cup on home soil.

Burras Squad v Germany 
Name (Home town / suburb)

Kiran Arunasalam, (Doncaster East, VIC) 
Matthew Bird, (Coolbellup, WA) 
Tom Craig, (Lane Cove, NSW) 
Matthew Finn, (Paddington, QLD) 
Frazer Gerrard, (Cottesloe, WA) 
Sam Liles, (Tamworth, NSW) 
Ryan Proctor, (Engadine, NSW) 
Lachlan Sharp, (Lithgow, NSW) 
Joshua Simmonds, (Ringwood North, VIC) 
Jack Welch, (Hobart, TAS)
Corey Weyer, (Biggera Waters, QLD)

Used Substitutes 

Joshua Beltz, (Old Beach, TAS)
Stephen Gale, (Bulleen, VIC) 
Blake Govers, (Wollongong, NSW) 
Max Hendry, (Camberwell, VIC)
Tim Howard, (Wakerley, QLD)
Kurt Lovett, (Parkes, NSW) 

Unused Substitutes 
Ashleigh Thomas, (Baulkam Hills, NSW)