Jillaroos to play bronze medal match
Loss to Argentina in semi-finals
Greta Hayes 66 (FG)
Mariah Williams 69 (FG)
ARGENTINA 4 (1)
Bianca Donati 4 (PC)
Lucia Anguinetti 44 (PC)
Milagros Fernandez 57 (FG)
Julieta Jankunas 70 (FG)
The Jillaroos will play in the bronze medal match of the Junior World Cup on Monday after a crushing semi-final defeat by Argentina today in Santiago, Chile.
The Jillaroos were on the back foot from the beginning of the match after Argentina’s Bianca Donati scored a penalty corner only 4 minutes in with the flick from the top of the circle squarely hitting the centre of the net.
Argentina continued to press, and in the second half they extended their lead to 3 – nil after a penalty corner from Lucia Anguinetti flew from the top left of the circle into the bottom centre of the net, and Milagros Fernandez tapped a field goal into the bottom left of the net after a scramble in the circle.
The Jillaroos regrouped, and with only a few minutes remaining in the game Greta Hayes came through with the goods, knocking a field goal in from directly in front of the net after a pass from the right of the circle.
Australia continued to attack in the final minutes of the game, with Captain Mariah Williams scoring a second field goal for the Jillaroos to bring the score back to 3 -2.
In the final minute of play Australia subbed in an extra field player in lieu of goalkeeper Aleisha Power, but it was exactly the move Argentina needed as they went on to score a final goal in the last 5 seconds of play, the final score 4 – 2.
Jillaroos head coach Tim White said: “Today was a tough encounter. Argentina jumped us at the start and their early goal gave them momentum.
“We defended lots of shots and penalty corners in the first half and did well to keep the score line at 0 – 1. We raised the game a little to start the second half but Argentina pressed their advantage and we were clearly on the back foot at 0 – 3.
“We made some changes that the girls responded to and in the end we were very brave to pull back to 2 – 3 late in the game. We are gutted, but we will be squarely focused on winning the bronze medal.”
The Jillaroos will now play Spain in the bronze medal match on Monday, December 5 at 3.15am AWST / 6.15am AEDT. You can watch the bronze medal match live via Livestream.com. the Netherlands will take on Argentina in the gold medal match.
You can watch today’s semi-final featuring the Jillaroos and Argentina on Livestream.com here.
Jillaroos squad v Argentina
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Greta Hayes Maroubra, NSW)
Ambrosia Malone (Molendinar, QLD)
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)
Laura Gray (Goulburn, NSW)*ACTAS scholarship holder
Rebecca Greiner (Bundaberg, QLD)
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Karri Somerville (Kensington, WA)
Renee Taylor (Brisbane, QLD)
Rene Hunter (Wentworth Point, NSW)