The Australian U19 Women finish 4th at the World Championship

2015 FIL U19 Women's World Championship - Australia v England
2015 FIL U19 Women's World Championship - Australia v England  

BRONZE  MEDAL GAME - MATCH REPORT

Australia 9 defeated by England 10

It was a game of opportunities. Some taken. Some not. When the final margin is just one goal, it is obvious if more of those missed opportunities were taken, the result would have been different. That is the nature of sport at any level. When you are playing a bronze medal game in a world championships, those missed opportunities means the Australian team is going home without what they coveted, and in so many ways deserved – a medal.

There was a positive vibe as the players warmed up. They looked sharp. Looked like they were on. Winning the first centre draw provided the first scoring opportunity to the gold team but the England keeper who has enjoyed a good championships, made her first save of a Steph Kelly shot. England scored their first and again Australia won the ball, but again the shot was blocked. England took the ball up the other end and scored.

A call against Australia while we had the ball in the back half put England in good position to add to their tally and they scored their third. After a long period of possession they eventually scored their fourth with Australia still not on the board. A timeout called by Trish Adams seemed to have the desired effect. On resumption Bec Lane found Steph Kelly for a quick stick goal. Unfortunately a couple of missed opportunities followed – a Theo Kwas free position shot was blocked and Sarah Smith found the side pipe. Eliza Morgan made a great save and with Sarah Smith swinging around from behind the line to score, the margin was back to 2. Bec Lane reduced that further when she drove from the side of the fan. It was England’s turn to call a time-out to try and restore some order. And it worked for them. They scored the next two goals and went into half time with a lead of 6 to 3.

The second half started poorly for Australia. While the team was able to gain possession, too many times the ball was turned over through dropped passes or overly-ambitious inside passes. Up the other end, England were not suffering the same woes and with the first three goals of the half they led 9 to 3.

From there the game transformed. Bec Lane was controlling the Australian offence; she found Sarah Smith for the first Australian goal of the half. Bridget Hogan drew the offensive foul and then on transition, Karri Somerville got a free space call. Her pass to Steph Kelly allowed Steph to score. Sharn Muffet saved an England shot and again Bec Lane passed to Steph Kelly inside and the margin was back to 3. With twelve minutes still to play England used their second time out. The instruction was obviously to use the clock, and so on any England possession, the Australian defenders were pushing harder on the ball carrier as well as the receivers.

An off-side call against England returned possession to Australia. Bec Lane ran the field and the score was 7 to 9. After a long steady build-up England scored their tenth of the game. There was less than ten minutes to play, Australia hadn’t been able to reduce the half time margin of 3 goals. But the game was not over.

Theo Kwas had a shot saved but Australia retained possession. Karri Somerville completed a full circle before defeating her defender and the goalie for Australia’s eighth. On the restart, Australia had possession and Steph Kelly fed Ellie Bishop for a goal. The score was 9 to 10, and there was still time to score. Australia won the centre draw but a pass was dropped and England picked up the ground ball. Keeping it in their back half they then burned the remainder of the clock. The final siren sounded with England in front by one.

This world championship campaign has not gone as planned. Australia entered the championships with high expectations. They haven’t always played to their potential. They might have been able to get away with this if there hadn’t been an improvement in rivals Canada and England. Canada defeated the US in the gold medal game. England are leaving with the bronze medal. There is a lot to be done to ensure Australia is restored to the top of the pile.

Congratulations to all the players. Your disappointment is apparent, but you cannot be accused of not putting every effort into every aspect of your preparation and the games here in Edinburgh. Congratulations also to Trish Adams, her Assistant Coaches, and the support staff. Not the result we were all looking for, but we are very grateful for the huge contribution you have all made to the personal growth of your charges. Thank-you.

2015 U19 WORLD TEAM SELECTION

Congratulations to Ashtyn Hiron (WA), Theodora Kwas (VIC) and Bec Lane (VIC) on selection in the 2015 World Team!

2015 World Team Ashtyn Hiron WA

2015 World Team Theodora Kwas VIC

2015 World Team Bec Lane VIC

The ALA would like to thank the team representatives for the excellent coverage of matches throughout the tournament.

 

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