The Jillaroos had a come-from-behind victory over the USA while the Burras turned it on in the second half to defeat a fired up Great Britain to reach the respective finals of the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. Information about the matches can be found below, with more information about the event avaible by clicking here (External Link: Australian Youth Olympic Festival official website).
16 year old Madison Fitzpatrick scored a hat trick in the Australian Jillaroos 4-2 come-from-behind victory over USA this afternoon, securing her side a place in Sunday’s gold medal match.
Fitzpatrick, the youngest member of the Australian squad showed maturity beyond her years as she helped pull the Jillaroos back from a 2-0 deficit late in the first half.
USA’s Emma Bozek netted a double inside the first half an hour but Fitzpatrick converted a penalty corner with one minute to go before half time keeping Australia just one goal of the pace at the break.
The Jillaroos had numerous chances throughout the second half and a number of penalty corners go their way but just couldn’t take full advantage.
Kathryn Slattery found an equaliser in the 59th minute and all of a sudden Australia had their tails up as Fitzpatrick netted another penalty corner just a minute later.
The victory was then sealed when Fitzpatrick’s third found the net from yet another penalty corner with less than five minutes on the clock.
“This is my first international series so I’m pretty stoked, considering I’m the youngest it makes me feel really happy and excited for the team and what’s ahead,” Madison Fitzpatrick said after the game.
USA coach Steve Jennings admitted it was a tough result for his team but credited Australia for the way they played.
“They created a lot of chances, we made a nice play and had some really good patches of play but ultimately we weren’t able to keep the game and pressure on them and their defence,” he said.
China and Australia will play in Sunday’s gold medal match but first have to play each other on Saturday in the final pool game while USA and Great Britain will look to register their first win when they clash.
Australia 4-2 USA
Goals: Australia - Madison Fitzpatrick (21m PC/60m PC/66m PC), Kathryn Slattery (59m FG)
USA: Emma Bozek (6m FG/26m FG)
Australia and Great Britain played out the game of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) men’s hockey tournament; it included ten goals and a hat trick.
The Australian Burra’s won the game 6-4 but had to come from behind twice to do it.
Great Britain went in front in the third minute with a penalty corner from captain, Andrew Bull and had chances to extend that advantage.
Australia hit back in the tenth minute when Jack Elliot netted his first goal for the match and he doubled his tally six minutes later when he converted a penalty corner.
Just when Australia looked to have all the momentum the game was turned on its head when Great Britain scored twice in three minutes with goals to Ross Gilham-Jones and Daniel Faulkner to put them 3-2 ahead.
Australia responded straight after the restart with a field goal scored by Will Gilmour which left the match evenly poised at 3-3 at half time.
The second half was much of the same as the goals continued to flow at a rapid rate, just three minutes in Dylan Wotherspoon scored a field goal to put the Burra’s back in front 4-3.
Great Britain refused to back down and found the answer yet again through a penalty corner scored by Phil Roper which tied it up at 4-4 all but short lived as Australia replied a minute later yet again with a stunning finish that saw Elliot register his first Australian hat trick.
Cameron Joyce’s 63rd minute penalty corner was enough to see Australia over the line with a gutsy 6-4 win.
Jack Elliott was ecstatic after scoring his first hat trick in Australian colours.
“I love scoring goals and it’s even better when you get a hat trick for your country and get a win,” he said.
Great Britain’s Ross Gilham-Jones said despite going down he and teammates will take plenty from this encounter.
“It was tough, we played some cracking hockey as a team”, he said. “We’ve played three matches against them now and we’ve come close eachtime so hopefully we get a crack at them in the final on Sunday.
The final round robin games are to be played on Saturday when Australia play Malaysia and Great Britain tussle with USA.
Australia 6-4 Great Britain
Goals: Australia - Jack Elliott (10m FG/16m PC/56m FG), Will Gilmour (30m PC), Dylan Wotherspoon (38m FG), Cameron Joyce (63m PC)
Great Britain: Andrew Bull (3m PC), Ross Gilham Jones (27m FG), Daniel Faulkner (30m FG), Phil Roper (55m PC)
Source: Hockey Australia media release
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