Tasmania’s Girls and Boys Under 15 teams secured big wins on day three of the Australian Championships in Narellan, NSW. The Girls defeated VIC Development 4-0 while the Boys earned a 2-1 win over QLD Gold.
The Under 15 Girls continued their brilliant start to the Championships with their third win in four matches, elevating them to equal-first in their pool as they head into a well-deserved rest day.
Madi Clark scored in the 9th minute, getting in the perfect spot to deflect in a cross, but it took them until the final seven minutes of the match to put away their determined Victorian opponents, with Maddison Brooks (53’, 59’) scoring twice and Emma O’Grady (57’) adding her second goal of the tournament.
“I’d say we had more of the attacking play,” Clark said.
“I think we just had to keep going, we couldn’t risk them getting a late goal and costing us a win, so we had to finish it off.”
Coach Sofie McLeod agreed that her side had the majority of the play, acknowledging that goalkeeper Amelia Duffy probably wasn’t tested once during the match, and said she was proud they stuck to the game plan despite not being able to score from their chances during the second and third quarters.
“Their keeper made some really good saves and we weren’t able to capitalise until the last quarter,” she said.
“But the Girls were rewarded for sticking to our plan.”
Heading into a rest day on Thursday Maddison Brooks leads the Championship overall goalscoring charts with five goals from four matches. McLeod was full of praise for her great individual results so far but keen to stress how important the whole team has been to create this opportunity.
“She’s definitely had a great tournament, with three player of the match awards, but I think she’s also been well supported by the players around her.”
“I always knew with this group of girls we had a team willing to learn and work together, and that is what has brought us the results so far.”
The Under 15 Boys also had a win, their first of the competition so far, with Milo Gee (9’) and Kiah House (50’) scoring to set up the win.
Coach Nathan Dart praised his side’s four-quarter effort, saying they were rewarded for their consistent effort and for keeping their composure.
“I was pleased with their effort to keep building and building and not punch through lines, to keep up our outletting and use the midfield transfer. After scoring the first goal it was good that we learned from yesterday [against Victoria] and locked it down for next 5 minutes.”
That first goal was scored by Milo Gee with a drag flick from a penalty corner that was too good for the Queensland ‘keeper. He was glad the team has improved in every game and, while feeling a bit sore after 4 games in 3 days, was keen to get into the next game despite the rest day on Thursday.
“I think we lifted a lot after yesterday, getting our first points, and today we played even better,” he said.
With a chance to contend for a medal match still open thanks to their win Gee is keen for the team to keep going and take the opportunity.
“We’ve now got to go in hard, keep lifting as a team, and play some good hockey.”
Thursday is a rest day for both the Girls and Boys, and then on Friday they play their final pool matches against ACT and NT respectively.