Five current Hockeyroos named in Jillaroos Junior World Cup group
From 27 July until 4 August the Jillaroos, Australia's under 21 women's squad, will compete against the world's best for the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
The group contains five members of the Hockeyroos squad that won the recent Hockey World League Semi Final tournament in London, England. Jane Claxton, Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Emily Smith and 2012 FIH Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan all named in an Australia team which will almost certainly be amongst the top challengers for the title.
The 20 athlete squad below will take part in the pre-tournament practice matches against Germany, Korea and the Netherlands. The squad will be reduced from 20 athletes to 18 for the Junior World Cup.
Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Lily Brazel (Newington, NSW)
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Jacqui Day (Mountain Creek, QLD)
Elizabeth Duguid (Darwin, NT)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, QLD)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Kate Gilmore (Red Hill, ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, Queensland)
Nina Khoury (Newtown, NSW)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)
Hayley Padget (Hurstbridge, VIC)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Kathryn Slattery (Como, WA)
Audrey Smith (Wynnum, QLD)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Amelia Spence (Taroona, TAS)
Jade Warrender (Orange, NSW)
What is the Junior World Cup?
The Junior World Cup is the equivalent of its senior counterpart, for players aged 21 and under. It sees the best 16 countries battle it out to be crowned World Champions.
The teams are split into four pools of four teams each. Following the preliminary round robin, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or onto a quarter-final, semi-final and final round. The Australian women will face New Zealand, India and Russia in Pool C. The Jillaroos finished fifth at the last Junior World Cup four years ago in Boston, beating this year’s hosts Germany in a playoff.
The team’s campaign and preparations have been boosted by funding from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA).
The additional financial support has enabled Hockey Australia to enhance the international competition experience of its athletes. It has contributed to the athletes’ attendance at the Junior World Cup and a variety of different activities as part of the program leading up to the tournament, including the Junior World Cup qualifier and the team’s recent tour to Japan.
To see Hockey Australia's dedicated Junior World Cup page to the Jillaroos, please click here.
Source Material: Hockey AustraliaBack