Another great win by the Aussie U19's in Edinburgh

Game 5, U19 World Championship - Australia v Wales
Game 5, U19 World Championship - Australia v Wales  
Game 5, U19 World Championship - Australia v Wales
Game 5, U19 World Championship - Australia v Wales  


Australia 19 defeated Wales 3

After the tension of the past few days, the team was able to enjoy a rest day Monday and line up for their final pool game against Wales at 3.00pm Edinburgh time Tuesday. The scores to-date indicated that Australia should have a win, but Wales are in Pool A because they deserve to be from the previous world championships. Nothing could be taken for granted.

Olivia Parker was being rested for the game and Bridget Hogan was also flagged for limited time having finished the England game on the bench with severe calf cramps.

Hayley Fuss got the scoring going with Sarah Smith having her first of many score involvements. Very quickly the Australians took it out to 3 nil. But Wales began to get some possession and firstly from a free position shot, and then from general play, Wales had it back to 3 to 2. Australia then began to take control. Theo Kwas to Sarah Smith; Ashtyn Hiron shooting between the Wales’ goalie legs; and then a trademark Karri Somerville drive from the top of the fan and quickly the score was out to 6 to 2.

Sarah Smith had a very strong half. She was able to score 5 of her own before half time and was also part of some Stephanie Kelly contributions. Ashtyn Hiron was also causing some Wales angst, scoring the last two goals of the half. Australia went to the break leading 11 goals to 2.

Steph Kelly got the first of the second half and then after a loose Wales pass, Ellie Bishop found Ashtyn Hiron for Australia’s thirteenth of the game. Australia continued to control the ball, with a rare blight being a yellow card to Bec Lane for an aggressive check. This was Bec’s fourth yellow of the championships which, under the rule for accumulated points, means she has to sit out the next game.

Sarah Smith also earned a yellow and Wales took advantage of being a player up to score their third of the game. However, that was their last score. Australia played the game out, eventually winning 19 goals to 3.

Given the outcome, it was no surprise that the forwards were the dominant players. Sarah Smith and game MVP Ashtyn Hiron were the most prominent, but Ellie Bishop was also very impressive with her ball carrying and turnovers caused. It was great to see Bree Richards score her first goal of the championship on the final buzzer, from an Ashtyn Hiron assist.

With the US defeating England in the final pool game, the seeds are now finalised for the quarter finals. Australia has finished third in the pool and is drawn against the sixth seed – Japan. That game takes place 12.30pm Edinburgh time (9.30pm AET) Wednesday. They must win for a place in the semi-finals. And they have to do so without Bec Lane.

MVP was Ashtyn Hiron with 4 goals and 3 assists.

A big thank you to the team representatives for these great match reports!