Jillaroos through to quarter finals of JWC
Defeat homeside Chile 2 - 1
Renee Taylor 6 (PC)
Mariah Williams 55 (FG)
CHILE 1 (1)
Australian U/21’s team the Jillaroos have made the quarter final of the Junior World Cup following a 2 – 1 win in their final pool match against home side, Chile.
The Jillaroos got off to a fantastic start with a penalty corner conversion giving them an early lead over Chile, the ball going swiftly into the net thanks to a superb flick from Renee Taylor following on from the corner injection from Savannah Fitzpatrick.
Only minutes later and the Jillaroos were up for another penalty corner opportunity, with Savannah Fitzpatrick injecting again. This time the shot on goal didn’t quite make the conversion and a scramble in front of the net resulted in the ball going back to the team from Chile.
Twenty-two minutes in, and Chile scored the equaliser. A penalty corner goal from their captain Denise Krimerman flicking straight past the Australian defence into the back right of the net.
Coming back from the half time break and the Jillaroos knew they needed the win or the draw to progress to the quarter finals of the Junior World Cup.
Their attack pressed the Chilean team, and in the 55th minute of play Jillaroos captain and Rio Olympian Mariah Williams ran the ball down nearly the entire length of the pitch before flicking it straight into goal from the top centre of the circle.
The goal from Williams sealed the Jillaroos victory and their progression into the quarter finals of the Junior World Cup.
Commenting on the match, Williams said: “That was a really intense game tonight - the Chilean fans are brilliant! But going into the Quarter-Finals we have to start well from the beginning, that’s how we will improve on our performances so far.”
The Jillaroos will now take on Belgium in their quarter final clash on Wednesday 30 November at local time 8pm / Thursday 1 December at 10am AEDT/7am AWST. Don’t forget to tune into watch Australia in the quarter final clash by CLICKING HERE TO GO TO LIVESTREAM!
Jillaroos squad v Chile
Laura Gray (Goulburn, NSW)*ACTAS scholarship holder
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Greta Hayes Maroubra, NSW)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Mikaela Patterson (Blackbutt, NSW)
Aleisha Power (Clackline, WA)
Michaela Spano (Toorak Gardens, SA)
Grace Stewart (Gerrigong, NSW)
Sophie Taylor (Camberwell, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Kristina Bates (Port Melbourne, VIC)
Rebecca Greiner (Bundaberg, QLD)
Ambrosia Malone (Molendinar, QLD)
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Karri Somerville (Kensington, WA)
Renee Taylor (Brisbane, QLD)
Rene Hunter (Wentworth Point, NSW)