Zim U21 ladies hockey begin WC campaign

HARARE - The Zimbabwe under-21 ladies hockey team gets the ball rolling in the Hockey Junior Women World Cup with a date against the United States of America in Santiago, Chile this evening.

The match kicks off at 1900hours local time.

The team ends their 11-year wait since their last involvement at this level in 2005 in Chile as well and the team coached by former “Golden Girl” Trish Davies will be banking on the presence of Jordyn Clipstone, Shannon Hart and Fariyah Omarshah who are playing in US universities.

In the team’s final warm-up match in Chile, the locals held France to a 1-1 draw giving them the much-needed confidence heading into their opening match. South Africa-based Zimbabwean player Jessica Dollar scored the all-important goal which ensured a draw against the French.

“Another practice match down and another fantastic result from our U21s. We played France...for another warm up opportunity and we drew 1-1 to France with an excellent all round team effort and a phenomenal goal from Jessica Dollar,” the Zimbabwe Hockey Association posted on their Facebook page.

“The girls have bonded beautifully both on and off the field and it is showing as we finish up final preparations for the U21 Junior Hockey World Cup.”

Zimbabwe are in Pool A together with the Netherlands, Korea and their opponents in today’s opener USA.

The locals take on Korea in their second match tomorrow before concluding their group stage games with a clash against Netherlands on Sunday.

South Africa the only other African representatives are in Pool C with Australia, England and hosts Chile. Pool B has German, France, Argentina and Japan while the last group, Pool D comprises New Zealand, Belgium, China and Spain.

Zimbabwe U21 ladies Hockey Team: Stephanie Campbell (Captain- SA), Jordyn Clipstone (USA), Lauren Dent (England), Sinead Cockroft (Aus), Estelle Stambolie (Eng), Carla Van Oudtshoorn (SA), Jessica Dollar (SA), Aimee Nativel (SA), Tyler Groenwald (SA), Cheryl Dzapasi (Chisipite), Megan Shaxson (Peterhouse), Chelsea Dollar (SA), Sophie McDonald (SA), Fariyah Omarshah (USA), Shannon Hart (USA), Simone Marchussen (Peterhouse), Kelly Diplock (Gateway), Michelle Kabaira (Lions),

Non Travelling Reserves: Androniki Hiripis (Chelsea Drifters), Amy Brooke (Chelsea Drifters), Tinayeishe Elijah (Lions), Gugulethu Ndlovu (BAC), Joana Munengwa (Rising Stars), Mufaro Mazambani (Chisipite), Simone Herbst (Chisipite).

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