Burras through to JWC Semi-final!

Burras through to JWC Semi-final!

Defeated the Netherlands 2 -1

Author: Holly MacNeil/Friday, 16 December 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia News

BURRAS 2 (1)
Kiran Arunasalam 18 (FG) 
Jack Welch 58 (FG) 

Jip Janssen 47 (PC)  

The Australian Under 21’s national team, the Burras, are through to the semi-final of the Junior World Cup after a spectacular match up against the Netherlands saw them victorious with a 2 -1 score line. 

The first half of the game saw the Burras pressing the Netherlands to take ownership of the game, with ball changing possession many times before Australia took their chance in the 18th minute.

It was Kiran Arunasalam scoring the break-away goal, with a deflection from a number of Netherlands sticks hitting exactly the right spot to flick into the Aussie net, giving the Burras the lead as half time approached.

The Netherlands were chasing in the second half, and at minute 47, Jip Janssen managed to equalise courtesy of a penalty corner conversion. The flick deflecting into goal from the goalkeeper’s pad.

With twenty minutes to go, the score was level and it took something special for the Burras to pull through. With 12 minutes in the game, Lachlan Sharp worked the ball into the circle until it was directly in front of the net, before Jack Welch came through to score a field goal and give Australia the advantage again.

The Netherlands couldn’t come back, and the Burras came away with the win progressing through to the semi-finals of the Junior World Cup. 

Burras head coach Ben Bishop said: “It was a really evenly contested match today. I thought we built a solid platform in the first half that held us through the match.

“The group was resilient as always. We are looking forward to improving again in the semi-final.” 

The Burras next play the winner of the India in the semi-final on Friday at 8.30pm AWST / 11.30pm AEDT, with the game to be live streamed via the FIH's YouTube Channel.

Burras Fixtures 
December 16: Semi-final v India 8.30pm AWST / 11.30pm AEDT

Burras Squad v Netherlands
Name (Home town / suburb)

Kiran Arunasalam, (Doncaster East, VIC) 
Joshua Beltz, (Old Beach, TAS)
Tom Craig, (Lane Cove, NSW) 
Stephen Gale, (Bulleen, VIC) 
Blake Govers, (Wollongong, NSW) 
Max Hendry, (Camberwell, VIC)
Joshua Simmonds, (Ringwood North, VIC) 
Tim Howard, (Wakerley, QLD
Kurt Lovett, (Parkes, NSW) 
Ashleigh Thomas, (Baulkam Hills, NSW) 
Jack Welch, (Hobart, TAS)
Corey Weyer, (Biggera Waters, QLD)

Used Substitutes 
Matthew Bird, (Coolbellup, WA) 
Frazer Gerrard, (Cottesloe, WA) 
Sam Liles, (Tamworth, NSW) 
Ryan Proctor, (Engadine, NSW) 
Lachlan Sharp, (Lithgow, NSW) 
Jack Welch, (Hobart, TAS)

Unused Substitute 

Matthew Finn, (Paddington, QLD)