Ergo Junior Hockey World Cup Mönchengladbach 2013
Mönchengladbach, Germany - July 27 - 4, 2013

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Australia and India book quarter-final places at ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

July 30, 2013
New Zealand and Russia to play for places 9-16

Australia sealed the top spot in Pool C with a 3-3 against their Oceania rivals New Zealand at the Women's ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. With their 10-1 win over Russia, India finished second to also qualify for Thursday’s quarter-finals. 

Russia v India 1-10 (0-5)

In the match between Russia and India, the Indian girls started off strong and never relented, never allowing their Russian opponents to get into the game. The scoring started in the seventh minute, as Vandana Katariya sunk a penalty corner for India's first goal of the day, and her first of a first half hattrick. The Indian team never looked back, and kept adding goal at a steady pace for the remainder of the encounter.

Katariya's hattrick plus a double from Poonam Rani in the first half added up to a 5-0 halftime lead, a comfortable advantage for the Asian representatives, and wholly deserved, as play rarely left the Russian half of the field and India controlled possession for long periods of time.

Less than a minute into the second half, Anastasia Miroshnikova was able to pull one back for Russia off the team's very first attack, catching India on the wrong foot, but the Indian team was back on track in no time, restroing the five goal lead two minutes later through Rani. A goal from Ritusha Kumani Arya, Rani's second of the day, a penalty corner conversion from Manjit Kaur and a Russian own goal drove the scoreline up to 10-1, a result that made it probable for India to reach the quarter-finals, but had them depend on the result of the Australia v New Zealand match that was ongoing in the main stadium.

Voices after the match:

Vladimir Kobzev, Coach Russia: " We have to score more goals and make fewer mistakes. Nevertheless, I am pretty proud of my team."

Chanu Sanarik Ningombam, Goalkeeper India: "We knew that we had to score a lot of goals because of the tight constellation in the pool with New Zealand. We played very well, their goalkeeper played well, and their players too, but in the end we needed lots of goals. Now we have to keep an eye on Australia and New Zealand. All in all, we are already proud of ourselves, independent of whether we reach the quarter-finals or not because we played very well."

Australia v New Zealand 3-3 (1-1)

While a draw was enough for the Jillaroos to qualify, New Zealand would have needed a win to keep alive their chances of reaching the top eight. The first half saw a very competitive match on Pitch 1. New Zealand earned an early penalty corner, but Brooke Neil could not get the shot away. Soon after, Australia won their first penalty corner but Madison Fitzpatrick’s attempt was denied by the Junior Black Sticks defence. However, Jillaroo top-scorer Fitzpatrick was successful a few minutes later with a penalty corner goal.

The Junior Black Sticks replied to level the score to 1-1 when Rhiannon Dennison deflected a penalty corner shot into the goal. Afterwards New Zealand goalkeeper Georgia Barnett made a tremendous save against Murphy Allendorf’s penalty corner shot keeping the game at 1-1 at halftime. 

New Zealand returned to the pitch with enthusiasm. After two minutes of play Cass Reid scored from open play to make it 2-1. In the 49th minute Allendorf made it all square again when she pushed the ball over the line in a crowded circle. New Zealand, who had to win this encounter, earned a series of penalty corners but could not convert either of them.

Instead, Australia went up the other end and scored through FIH Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan. Three minutes were remaining on the clock. However, the Junior Black Sticks did not give up and came back into the game when Reid equalised in the last minute. Knowing that a draw wasn’t enough they pushed hard for another goal but could not get pass the Australian defence.

The Jillaroos finish on top of Pool C with seven points, India are second with six points. New Zealand finish third with three points, and head into the 9th to 16th placement matches together with Russia who have not yet been able to win points.  

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