FINA World Junior Women’s Champs wrap up

AUSvCHN: Australia has finished tenth at the FINA Junior Women’s World Championships after narrowly going down to China 11-12.

Despite taking an early lead in the first quarter, the Chinese were never far away and it was clear at half time when scores were locked 7-7 the match would go down to the wire.  China led by one at the end of the third quarter but there was nothing between the two sides.

The final period proved a tense match up, with scores locked 11-11 with just under three minutes on the clock.  But China, known for their speed, didn’t hold back and were able to net a goal with just on a minute and half left in the game.  It was enough to secure the win and see the Aussies finish tenth overall.

Australian team member, Dayna O’Leary wrapped up the Tournament.

“We really put in a good fight, but it wasn’t the result we’d hoped for. We had really hoped to get top eight.

“But I think it’s going to be a really good learning experience for all the girls and we are just going to take out everything that we can out of this competition,” she said.


CHN 12 – 11 AUS

Quarters: 3-5; 4-2; 4-3; 1-1

AUS goal scorers: Willows (1); Holden (2); Morrissey (3); Williams (3); Corbett (1)

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Australia dominated the 9/12 playoff against Serbia, winning the game convincingly 15-5.  The Aussies managed to rebound after a disappointing loss to Hungary the previous day that knocked them out of the quarter finals.

They came out strong in the first quarter to not only put away eight goals but managed to keep the Serbians scoreless.  While the margins dropped back for the rest to of the game, with Serbia looking to match the Aussies intensity, the lead from the first quarter proved too costly for the Europeans.

The Aussies will now face China again in the 9-10 playoff on Friday 8 September 6:20pm AEST.


Game 34, 13.00 – Places 9/12: Australia v Serbia 15-5

Quarters: 8-0, 1-1, 3-1, 3-3

Extramen: 4/9 and 2/7

Penalties: 1/2 and none

AUS Goal scorers: Williams (1), Holden (2), Morrissey (3); Leeson Smith (1); O’Leary (1); Kearns (3); Williams (2); Pontre (2)


Overnight the Australian Junior Women’s team have narrowly missed the quarter finals of the FINA World Championships after going down to Hungary 5-8.

The first half saw a closely fought contest from both sides and while Hungary were up 2-0 in the middle of the first, a lengthy struggle awaited them as they couldn’t set up any more counters for a while. Hungary led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but the Aussies’ dominated in the second to level scores 3-3 at half time.

Unfortunately for the Aussies missing so many of the 6 on 5s proved costly combined with a couple of offensive fouls which created another series of Hungarian counters netting three goals. At the other end the Aussies were shut out for 7:56 minutes, when Alice Williams netted one from the centre to give some hope for the team to trail by two, 6-4, at the end of third.

The first goal in the fourth looked to be decisive and the Aussies had two more man-ups to come closer but missed both. More costly errors saw the experienced Hungarian side capitalise quickly to net two goals.  But one more Aussie goal came with 66sec from time, it was a man-up but unfortunately it was too late.

The result will see Australia now take on Serbia for 9/12 playoff on Thursday 7 September at 8:00pm AEST.

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Australia 5 Hungary 8

Quarters: 1-2, 2-1, 1-3, 1-2

Extramen: 2/5, and 3/14

AUS Goal scorers: Holden (1); Morrissey (2); Leeson Smith (1); Williams (1)

Game 3 – AUS v RSA

Australia have defeated South Africa 11-4 in the final game of the group stages, seeing them finish second in Group B.

The game got off to a close start, with South Africa taking the lead twice in the first period with scores locked up 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The start of the second quarter again saw competition close, but leading into half time the Aussies managed three goals in under two minutes to give them a healthy 6-2 lead.

It was once again a close contest in the third quarter with both sides scoring two goals a piece. But with the Aussies solid lead from the first half they were able to head into the final quarter with a comfortable four goal lead.

The last period then highlighted the difference between the reserves, the Aussies easily netted three goals without pushing really hard while the South Africans were unable to find the back of the net with the Aussies keeping them scoreless.

Australia will now face Hungary in the cross over game on at 12:20am AEST Thursday 7 September.

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Australia 11 d South Africa 4

Quarters: 2-2, 4-0, 2-2, 3-0

Extramen: 6/13 and 1/8

AUS Goal scorers: Holden (1); Morrissey (1); Leeson Smith (2); O’Leary (3); Kearns (1), Roberts (2); Corbett (1)

Game 2 – AUS v CHN

Australia has bounced back to take a narrow 9-8 win over China in game two of the FINA World Women’s Junior Championships in Greece.

The Aussies set up a strong lead in the first half, leading 5-3 at half time.  They managed to maintain the lead throughout the third quarter.

But China weren’t about to give up, making a formidable comeback in the final quarter to put away three goals and manage the keep the Aussies scoreless.  For the Aussies the strong start proved all the difference and they managed to hold out China to take their first win of the Tournament.

Leading goalscorer for the Aussies, Dani Morrissey, said it was a good win after a disappointing loss in game one.

“It was a really good turnaround for the girls after the loss against Greece.

“We had a really good start, we got four goals up on them coming into the second half,” she said.

“Unfortunately we had a few lapses and we couldn’t control the game all the way to the end, so it became a close game.

“But I’m really proud of all the girls for putting in such a good effort and showing so much heart to win that game,” said Morrissey.

Next up for Australia the team will take on South Africa on Wednesday 5 September, 1:40am AEST.

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AUS 9 – CHN 8

Qtr time scores: 3-2, 2-1, 4-2, 0-3

AUS Goal scorers: Morrissey (4); Holden; Kearns (2); Williams; Corbett.


Game 1 – AUS v GRE

A packed venue greeted players on the opening night of the FINA World Women’s Junior Championships in Volos, Greece, as Australia went head to head with the host nation in the opening game.

The Greek were able to capitalise on the strong support from their local fans, defeating the Aussies 12-6.  The crowd made some noise when the hosts took the lead twice in the first period and doubled it from a penalty later to build a two-goal cushion (1-3).

In the meantime, their quite active territory defence neutralised most of the Aussie attacks during the first eight minutes. The trend continued in the second, what’s more, the gap grew to four goals in a span of four minutes as the Greek blocks and the goalie cooperated pretty well while their offence was very effective. The Aussies tried to climb back but an easy Greek goal from the right wing immediately killed their modest momentum after a converted penalty. Instead, the hosts rolled on, another action goal gave them a 2-7 lead at half time.

At one point the Greeks led 3-10 despite a missed penalty while the Aussies needed a lucky rebound to pull one back late in the third.

The fourth saw a couple of goals from Greece, including Eleni Xenaki’s fourth hit of the evening, while the Aussies netted the last two.

The Aussies have a quick turn around and will look to bounce back when they take on a quick and strong Chinese outfit on Monday 4 September at 5:20pm AEST.

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Game 1 – Australia vs Greece

AUS 6 – 12 GRE

Qtr time scores: 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-2

Extramen: 2/5 and 1/6

Penalties: 1/1 and 1/2

AUS Goal scorers: Willows (2); Holden, Leeson-Smith, Kearns, Williams


Australian Team

Alexandra Corbett
Kiara Holden
Tess Hosking
Matilda Kearns
Bridget Leeson Smith
Danielle Morrissey
Dayna O’Leary
Gabi Palm
Sofie Pontre
Ashleigh Roberts
Alice Williams
Mollie Williams
Mia Willows

Head Coach: Aleks Osadchuk

Assistant Coach: Georgina Kovacs

Physio: Cameron Boland

Manager: Bronwyn Smith