Great Britain Youth (w) v India Youth
Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
GREAT BRITAIN YOUTH (W) 3 (0)
Dilly Newton 40, 59 (PC, PC)
Sophie Bray 69 (F)
INDIA YOUTH (W) 1 (1)
Katayra 13 (PC)
Great Britain’s women started their Australian Youth Olympic Festival against a strong Indian side. With temperatures approaching 40 degrees the match was a serious challenge for the GB team both physically and mentally.
India started brightly scoring in the 13th minute through a well worked penalty corner deflection from Katayra. Despite the heat, GB began to edge into their way into control as their high intensity game created openings for Katie Long and Lauren Turner later in the half.
1-0 down at half time, GB immediately took the upper hand in the second half winning the first of their nine penalty corners in the second minute. Sarah Page went close with the first corner before Dilly Newton scored through a hard hit to the left side of the goal after 40 minutes. GB continued to dominate and chances continued to come before Newton scored again in the 59th minute from another penalty corner. More corners came and went but it took until the final minute to kill the game off, Sophie Bray finishing the job with just seconds left with a clever deflection from close range.
After running out deserving 3-1 winners, Head Coach Craig Parnham was pleased with the performance: “In the conditions we performed well for the full 70 minutes, remaining patient and sticking to our game throughout.”
In the other match in the women’s pool, hosts Australia ran out 4-0 winners over upcoming Junior World Cup hosts USA. Great Britain take on USA at 1300hrs (local) (0200hrs GMT) on Thursday.
Laura Bartlett (Scotland & Milne Craig Western)
Sophie Bray (England & University of Birmingham)
Susie Gilbert (England & University of Birmingham)
Jenny Hall (England & Canterbury)
Maddie Hinch (England & Loughborough University)
Dilly Newton (England & Clifton)
Harriet Pearce (England & Clifton)
Lauren Turner (England & Leicester)
Laura Unsworth (England & Loughborough University)
Becky Ward (Scotland & Dundee Wanderers)
Nicky White (England & Loughborough University)
Takara Haines (England & Trojans)
Katie Long (England & Leicester)
Sarah Page (England & University of Birmingham)
Georgie Twigg (England & Clifton)
Hollie Webb (England & Cannock)
– but the sailors praise the new boats