Hockey: Maylands goalkeeper helps Australia Power to bronze at Junior World Cup

Hockey: Maylands goalkeeper helps Australia Power to bronze at Junior World Cup

WA Diamonds goalkeeper Aleisha Power saved three penalties in a shootout against Spain to steer Australia to a bronze finish at the Junior World Cup in Chile on Tuesday.

The Maylands resident was also named goalkeeper of the tournament after turning in a string of formidable performances throughout the competition.

Power and fellow WA star Karri Somerville helped Australia win its first medal at the Junior World Cup since 2001.

Despite large periods of pressure from Australia, Spain held the Jillaroos to a 1-1 draw to force a shootout.

However, Australia would finish on top with Power blocking three of Spain’s four shots while captain Mariah Williams, Kristina Bates and Kaitlin Nobbs all found the net to secure victory.

Jillaroos head coach Tim White said he was proud of his team’s victory against Spain.

“The bronze medal is a fantastic result and reward for lots of hard work and commitment by all of the athletes and many staff both here in Chile and back at home,” he said.

“Spain started well and scored an early goal, we needed to compose and start to play our game.

“The second half was played on our terms although we couldn’t score…the girls showed skill and belief during the shootout and we are all thrilled with the win.”