Jillaroos win bronze at JWC
Game v Spain goes to shoot-out
Laura Gray 28 (FG)
SPAIN 1 (1) (SO 1)
Florencia Amundson 6 (PC)
Shoot out details
Mariah Williams (AUS) Goal
Clara Ycart (ESP) Miss
Kristina Bates (AUS) Goal
Begona Garcia (ESP) Goal
Laura Gray (AUS) Miss
Belen Iglesias (ESP) Miss
Kaitlin Nobbs (AUS) Goal
Lucia Jimenez (ESP) Miss
The Jillaroos have won the bronze at the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile after their game against Spain went to a shoot-out following a one all draw at full time. The Jillaroos won the shoot-out 3 - 1 and in doing so won their first World Cup medal since 2001.
Spain got off to a fantastic start, scoring an early lead with a penalty corner goal going in only six minutes into the game, the flick from Florencia Amundson flying straight through the line of Australian defenders.
The Jillaroos took some time to settle, before taking back control of the game. Just minutes before the half time break, the ball worked back into the Australian circle with Greta Hayes passing to Laura Gray who was inside the circle. Gray trapped the ball and flicked it into the top left of the net to score for the Jillaroos tying the game at 1 all.
The second half of the game was owned by the Jillaroos who came back from the half time break determined to take the game out. The Jillaroos continued to press, but Spain held on taking the bronze medal match to a shoot-out.
Australia were up first with captain Mariah Williams making it look easy as she took her shot on goal and getting the first score on the board for the Jillaroos. Williams was followed up by Australian’s Kristina Bates (goal), Laura Gray (miss) and Kaitlin Nobbs (goal) who left the Jillaroos with 3 points on the shoot-out
Goalkeeper Aleisha Power was in the net defending Spain’s shots, blocking 3 out 4 of the shots, with the work of Power and the Jillaroos giving Australia their first medal at the Junior World Cup in 15 years.
Jillaroos head coach Tim White said: “The bronze medal is a fantastic result and reward for lots of hard work and commitment by all of the athletes and many staff both here in Chile and back at home.
“We were really proud of the team’s performance today. Spain started well and scored an early goal. We needed to compose and start to play our game. By halftime we were back in the contest, and we reminded the girls that we have finished all the games well.
“Th second half was played on our terms although we couldn’t score. The girls showed skill and belief during the shootout and we are all thrilled with the win.”
You can watch the Jillaroos v Spain match in full by heading to Livestream.com
The Netherlands played Argentina in the gold medal match with Argentina victorious with a 4 - 2 finish.
Jillaroos squad v Spain
Kristina Bates (Port Melbourne, VIC)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Laura Gray (Goulburn, NSW) *ACTAS scholarship holder
Rebecca Greiner (Bundaberg, QLD)
Greta Hayes Maroubra, NSW)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Mikaela Patterson (Blackbutt, NSW)
Aleisha Power (Clackline, WA)
Grace Stewart (Gerrigong, NSW)
Sophie Taylor (Camberwell, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Savannah Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Ambrosia Malone (Molendinar, QLD)
Karri Somerville (Kensington, WA)
Michaela Spano (Toorak Gardens, SA)
Renee Taylor (Brisbane, QLD)
Rene Hunter (Wentworth Point, NSW)