Burras win first game at JWC

Burras win first game at JWC

Defeat Argentina 2 - 1

Author: Holly MacNeil/Saturday, 10 December 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia News

BURRAS 2 (1)
Matthew Bird 31 (FG) 
Blake Govers 69 (PS) 

Maico Casella 42 (PC)  

The Burras began their campaign at the Junior World Cup with a 2 – 1 win against Argentina tonight, after their initial game v Korea was postponed due to heavy fog in Lucknow, India. 

Australia started the game by putting intense pressure on Argentina, the Burras maintaining possession for much of the first half of the game. Twenty-one minutes into the match and Kiran Arunasalam kicked off the goal opportunities by flicking the ball at goal, but it was directly at keeper Emiliano Bosso who kicked it clear with ease.

Argentina were up for the first penalty corner at minute 23, with Burras goalkeeper Ashleigh Thomas saving the flick that went to the left of the net. Australia had their own penalty corner opportunity at minute 28, but it was another excellent save for Argentina by goalkeeper Bosso.

Scoring the first goal of the game was Australian Matthew Bird who slid the ball into goal with a deflection on a free hit from the 25 line, giving the Burras a 1 – nil lead and a much-deserved goal.

With two minutes to go in the first half Argentina were up for a penalty corner, which they went for with a spectacular set play, but Thomas was at it again executing an excellent save on the corner.

Argentina had the first opportunity on a penalty corner in the second half and they used it well. The flick from Argentinian captain Maico Casella deflected into goal from an Australian stick, levelling the score.

In the dying minutes of the game, Australia were awarded a penalty stroke with Blake Govers taking the hit and knocking it straight into the top left of the net and reclaiming the lead and giving the Burras the win. 

The Burras next play Austria on Monday at 12.30pm AWST / 3.30pm AEDT, with the game to be live streamed via the FIH You Tube Channel.

Burras Fixtures 
December 12: AUS v AUT 12.30pm AWST / 3.30pm AEDT
December 12: AUS v KOR 2.30pm AWST / 5.30pm AEDT

Burras Squad v Argentina
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)
Tim Howard, (Wakerley, QLD) 
Lachlan Sharp, (Lithgow, NSW) 
Joshua Simmonds, (Ringwood North, VIC) 
Ashleigh Thomas, (Baulkam Hills, NSW) 
Corey Weyer, (Biggera Waters, QLD)

Used Substitutes 
Matthew Bird, (Coolbellup, WA) 
Matthew Finn, (Paddington, QLD) 
Frazer Gerrard, (Cottesloe, WA) 
Sam Liles, (Tamworth, NSW) 
Kurt Lovett, (Parkes, NSW) 
Ryan Proctor, (Engadine, NSW) 
Jack Welch, (Hobart, TAS)