GYC alumnus Jack Welch (2015) has helped the Kookaburras, the Australian Junior Men’s hockey team, into the semi-finals of the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup being played in Lucknow, India (December 8-18).
The #13 has scored twice in the tournament, including in Australia’s 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the quarterfinal. Australia will now play India in one semi-final. The reigning title holder, Germany, will play Belgium in the other semi.
Welch also scored in Australia’s 4-2 defeat of Austria in the Pool A section of the competition. He is one of three Australian players and 35 in total who are multiple goal scorers to this stage of the competition.
The semi-final will be played at 6pm on 16 December (Lucknow time).
The third quarter-final of the day was a bruising battle between Pool A winners Australia and Pool B runners-up the Netherlands, with the Burras sealing their semi-final spot with a 2-1 triumph. Australia took the lead thanks to a wonderful piece of skill from Kirin Arunasalam, who produced a brilliant touch in front of Dutch goalkeeper Maurits Visser to find the net. Blake Govers squandered a gilt-edged chance to double the advantage from the penalty spot just before half-time, and it proved costly when Jip Janssen slammed home a penalty corner drag flick midway through the second half. The Australians were not to be denied, however, with Jack Welsh (sic) firing home a close-range winner following some persistent work along the backline from man of the match Lachlan Sharp. “It is going to be great to play in the semi-final of the Junior World Cup”, said Sharp after the match. “They are always tough opponents, the Dutch, but we were lucky enough to come away with the win.” (full article)
Hockey’s Junior World Cup is held every four years and is a spectacle of new talent. Competitors must be under the age of 21 as of December 31 in the year before the tournament is held. Sixteen teams compete.