Team England and Australia will now contest for the bronze medal following semi-final losses to USA and Canada, respectively, in the FIL Rathbones U19 Women’s World Championships.
This will be the first time that England and Australia have met in a U19 World Championships bronze medal game. For Australia, this will be the first time that they haven’t competed in the U19 Gold Medal game, having played in every final since 1995. England will be looking to regain a top three finish, something which hasn’t been achieved since 2007 in Peterborough, Canada.
In the semi-finals, England fell to the USA 20-4, while Canada beat Australia in an unexpectedly one sided game 17-3. This will be the first time that Canada have competed in a U19 Gold Medal game.
In England’s game, the USA, as in the group stages, showed why they are reigning World Champions. They have exhibited excellent individual and team play throughout the tournament and it was no different in yesterdays game.
England were not without chances, Hannah Bray led her team with two goals. Rebecca Jordache had one goal and one assist and Tilly Shires added a single goal to complete England’s tally. Positives can also be taken from draw control stats, which was one of England’s key objectives for the game, winning 13 out of 25.
In the upcoming Bronze Medal game, England will be eager to replay Australia after an electrifying game in the group stages of the tournament. The game had to be decided after five periods of overtime, and is believed to be the longest game of women’s lacrosse that has ever been played at the international level.
Captain, Liv Wimpenny is full of confidence ahead of the fixture – “We’ve already shown that we can compete against Australia. They have never competed for a bronze medal before and I think they will be more worried about not medalling at this championships, which could play a big factor in the game. “We know we are capable of beating them this time round, we just need to play the way we have been throughout the tournament.”
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