The Australian Women's and Men's U21 teams have made impressive starts to their 2009 Junior World Cup campaigns, with both teams defeating
Both matches were delayed due to weather conditions, however it didn't stop the Australian teams setting up commanding first half leads.
Although the Australian women were well in control in the first half and entered half time with a two goal lead, New Zealand were competitive early, and if not for some impressive saves from the Australian keeper, they could have found themselves well and truly in the game.
Kate Denning and Marnie Hudson performed well for
Australian National Junior Coach Katrina Powell said she was happy with the overall performance.
'It was a good first up performance. We were happy to walk away with the win, and we will look to build on this for the remainder of the qualifier tournament.' said Powell.
The Australian Men's U21 team was equally in control of their match in the first half, despite finding themselves one goal down only seven minutes into the game. However, showing a great level of maturity,
A last minute goal to Tim Bates, his third for the match, ensured
'Although we scored four first half goals we had a number of chances that we failed to convert. We learnt a bit in the second half when
Both the men's and women's squads will face
Australia U21 Women 4 New Zealand U21 Women 1 (2-0 half time)
Goals - Aus Hurtz 17m PC, Aus Buckley 23m FG/ 61m FG, NZ Michelsen 45m FG, Aus Bruce 56m PC
Australia U21 Men 5 New Zealand U21 Men 2 (4-1 half time)
Goals - NZ Hilton 7m FG, Aus Ellis 19m PC, Aus Govers 20m FG, Aus Bates 29m PS/ 33m FG/ 70m PC, NZ Staples 41m PC
Source: Hockey Australia
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