FIH.ch talks to Jane Claxton, one of the leaders in the Jillaroo squad
Jane Claxton is in the leadership group of the Jillaroos at the Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. The 20-year-old Australian was also part of the Hockeyroos squad who recently won the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. When talking to FIH.ch, Claxton explains why the Jillaroos have a new captain in every game and when Georgia Nanscawen, who has not played a single game in this tournament so far, will be back in the team.
FIH.ch: Hi Jane, thanks for talking to us! The Jillaroos remain unbeaten after the pool stage. How satisfied are you with your team’s performance so far?
Jane Claxton: „We are fairly satisfied with our performance, you can't be disappointed with coming top of your pool but we have a lot of work ahead and are still capable of giving a lot more in this tournament than we have already.“
FIH.ch: As Pool C winners you will now face England who defeated host nation Germany to become second in Pool D. What do you expect from this quarter-final?
JC: „We expect that it will be a tough match - any team that has made it through to the quarters is a quality team.“
FIH.ch: What do the Jillaroos want to achieve here in Mönchengladbach?
JC: „Like any other team arriving here... Gold!“
FIH.ch: You were also part of the Hockeyroos who recently won the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. Can you make out a difference between playing for the Hockeyroos and playing for the Jillaroos?
JC: “At senior level, the game is a lot quicker and the basic skill level is higher but that is expected within any senior competition when comparing it against the junior level.”
FIH.ch: You were captain in the first game, Emily Smith led the group in the second match, Anna Flanagan was captain in the third game. Why do you use a rotating captain system? Will you hold on to it throughout the whole tournament?
JC: “We have a core group of leaders in the teams, and so we rotate the captain band through these players. With each game comes a new captain. I think the girls like how it is a shared leadership amongst team members since we are all more than capable leaders.“
FIH.ch: Georgia Nanscawen, another Hockeyroo in the Jillaroos group, has missed all three pool matches due to bone bruising on her knee. Will she be back for the quarter-finals?
JC: “Yes, our ‚secret weapon’. Georgia Nanscawen is scheduled to commence playing in the quarter-finals. And she will be sure to add an extra edge to the team.”
Please tell us something about your top-scorer Madison Fitzpatrick! The 16-year-old has scored five goals so far and is second in the tournament topscorer list.
JC: “Maddy definitely is a young talent coming through and has a very handy drag flick. With another Junior World Cup left in her she will definitely get stronger as she gets older.”
Today is a rest day. What did you do?
JC: “I just caught up with my parents for lunch and spent the rest of the day relaxing.”