The Women’s U-17s qualified on Sunday for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with an 8-0 victory over Papua New Guinea in Rarotonga.
After holding a 2-0 halftime advantage through goals to Hannah Blake and Jacqui Hand, the New Zealand side added six more in the second half via Blake, Hand and Samantha Tawharu to claim the Oceania Football U-17 Women’s Championship title.
Blake opened the scoring for the New Zealand side in the 26th minute on the end of a cross into the Papua New Guinea area before Jacqui Hand made it 2-0 eight minutes later.
The same duo combined to make it 4-0 six minutes after the re-start, Blake scoring from a tight angle in the 47thminute and Hand spinning and firing home in the 51st.
Hand wasted no time in making it 5-0 two minutes later, racing beyond her marker to tuck home while Samantha Tawharu struck at the back post in the 62nd minute for 6-0.
Michaela Foster made it 8-0 in the 88th minute with a good finish from a tight angle before Blake completed her hat-trick – her fourth of the tournament – in stoppage time.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan kicks off on September 30. New Zealand have participated in each FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since hosting the inaugural tournament in 2008.
OFC U-17 Women’s Championships 2016 – Final
Sunday 24 January
New Zealand v Papua New Guinea (half: 0-2)
NZL: Hannah Blake 26’, 47’, 90+1’, Jacqui Hand 34’, 51’, 53’, Samantha Tawharu 62’, Michaela Foster 88’
New Zealand: 1. Anna Leat (GK), 2. Claudia Bunge, 4. Ally Toailoa (3. Amber Phillips 82’), 5. Michaela Foster, 6. Nicole Mettam (10. Sarah Krystman 71’), 7. Hannah Blake, 8. Malia Steinmetz, 9. Samantha Tawharu, 11. Jacqui Hand, 14. Rebecca Lake, 19. Maggie Jenkins (16. Alosi Bloomfield 56’)
Substitutes not used: 12. Nadia Olla (GK), 13. Kate Williams, 15. Francesca Grange, 17. Emma Main, 18. Gabrielle Jillings
Coach: Gareth Turnbull
The Women’s U-17s secured their spot in the final of the OFC U-17 Women’s Championships on Friday with an 11-0 win over Fiji in Rarotonga.
After finishing top of Group A in the opening phase of the competition with three straight wins, the New Zealand side continued that good form in the opening half of the knockout match, holding a 7-0 halftime advantage.
Hannah Blake opened the scoring in the eighth minute with her 10th goal of the tournament before Sarah Kyrstman made it 2-0 five minutes later with a tap in at the back post.
A Fiji own goal increased the New Zealand lead to 3-0 at the 25 minute mark before a burst of four goals shortly before halftime bloated the margin at the interval.
Emma Main scored twice in that 10 minute span while Blake and Jacqui Hand also found the back of the Fiji net.
After the break, second half substitute Samantha Tawharu made it 8-0 with a left-footed effort in the 70th minute while Hand grabbed her second of the day six minutes later for a 9-0 advantage.
Tawharu struck her second in the 88th minute for 10-0 before Hand completed her second hat-trick of the tournament with a goal in stoppage time to finish the scoring.
New Zealand will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia kicking off at 4pm (NZ time) on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday 24 January at 4pm (NZ time).
The winner of the tournament qualifies for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan in October.
OFC U-17 Women’s Championships – Semi-Final
Friday 22 January
New Zealand 11-0 Fiji (half: 7-0)
NZL: Hannah Blake 8’, 45+1’, Sarah Krystman 13’, OG 25’, Emma Main 42’, 45+7’, Jacqui Hand 45+4’, 76’, 90+4', Samantha Tawharu 70’, 88’
New Zealand: 12. Nadia Olla (GK), 3. Amber Phillips, 5. Michaela Foster, 6. Nicole Mettam, 7. Hannah Blake (9. Samantha Tawharu 46’), 10. Sarah Krystman, 11. Jacqueline Hand, 13. Kate Williams (14. Rebecca Lake 80’), 15. Francesca Grange, 17. Emma Main, 18. Gabrielle Jillings (16. Alosi Bloomfield 46’)
Substitutes not used: 1. Anna Leat (GK), 2. Claudia Bunge, 4. Ally Toailoa, 8. Malia Steinmetz, 19. Maggie Jenkins
Coach: Gareth Turnbull
The Women’s U-17 side recorded their second win of the Oceania Football U-17s Women’s Championships on Saturday with a 12-0 victory over New Caledonia in Rarotonga.
A first half goal from Jacqui Hand and a Maggie Jenkins double gave Gareth Turnbull’s team a 3-0 halftime advantage and the team added nine further goals after the re-start, including a second consecutive hat-trick for Hannah Blake, who entered the game at the start of the second period.
The first 28 minutes of the match were scoreless, although the New Zealand side had the ball in the New Caledonia net in the 10th minute but it was ruled out for offside.
As the game approached the half hour mark, Hand opened the scoring with her fourth goal in two games; dribbling beyond two New Caledonian defenders to fire home.
Jenkins was denied New Zealand’s second goal in the 37th minute when New Caledonia goalkeeper Karine Xozame bravely saved at the feet of the Kiwi player but that reprieve was only temporary as Jenkins struck twice in two minutes before halftime to provide the 3-0 halftime margin.
The second half was only two minutes old when Emma Main made it 4-0 and halftime substitute Blake scored in the 49th minute after Main’s initial shot had crashed back off the crossbar.
Canada-based Gabrielle Jillings made it 6-0 three minutes later and defender Michaela Foster slotted home from the penalty spot just before the hour mark for a 7-0 advantage.
Second half substitute Claudia Bunge rifled home from distance in the 68th minute before Blake completed her second hat-trick in as many matches with two goals a minute apart to move the score to 10-0.
Jenkins completed her own hat-trick in stoppage time from the penalty spot after a red card for Flaureen Ausu and there was still time for substitute Samantha Tawharu to strike for the game’s final goal before the fulltime whistle.
New Zealand’s final Group A game is against Tonga on Tuesday 19 January at 1pm (NZ time).
OFC Women’s U-17 Championships 2016
Saturday 16 January
New Caledonia 0-12 New Zealand (half: 0-3)
NZL: Jacqui Hand 29’, Maggie Jenkins 44’, 46+2’, (pen) 90+3’, Emma Main 47’, Hannah Blake 49’, 70’, 71’, Gabrielle Jillings 52’, Michaela Foster (pen) 58’, Claudia Bunge 68’, Samantha Tawharu 90+5’
New Zealand: 1. Anna Leat (GK), 3. Amber Phillips, 4. Ally Toailoa, 5. Michaela Foster (2. Claudia Bunge 63’), 6. Nicole Mettam, 10. Sarah Krystman, 11. Jacqui Hand (7. Hannah Blake 46’), 15. Francesca Grange, 17. Emma Main, 18. Gabrielle Jillings (9. Samantha Tawharu 78’), 19. Maggie Jenkins
Substitutes not used: 8. Malia Steinmetz, 12. Nadia Olla (GK), 13. Kate Williams, 14. Rebecca Lake, 16. Alosi Bloomfield
Coach: Gareth Turnbull
The New Zealand U-17 Women’s side opened their Oceania Football Championship campaign on Thursday with an 11-0 victory over Samoa.
Playing at the CIFA Academy in Rarotonga, Gareth Turnbull’s New Zealand side led 5-0 at halftime as Hannah Blake opened the scoring inside the first 60 seconds of the contest.
Canada-based midfielder Gabrielle Jillings made it 2-0 six minutes later and it was 3-0 in the 13th minute as Jacqui Hand scored the first of her three goals, the second coming just after the 20 minute mark.
Samantha Tawharu stabbed home in the 36th minute to complete the first half scoring.
Hand completed her hat-trick 20 minutes into the second half for 6-0 before a Samoan own goal and Blake’s second of the day made it 8-0 with nine minutes remaining.
Substitute Sarah Krystman scored twice in the final 10 minutes, including a drive from distance, for 10-0 before Blake finished her hat-trick deep into stoppage time with a low shot beyond Samoan goalkeeper Adriann Boxier Esene.
Turnbull said the group are happy with their start to the tournament which includes eight nations from around Oceania.
“We were very pleased to not only get the tournament started but to start in such a positive way,” Turnbull said.
“The girls have prepared really well over the past five days and we started really brightly. It’s always nice to score a really early goal as we did. The starting 11 were all debutants so that definitely calmed the nerves.
“We got the ball down and started playing and we started to find some spaces and got into a rhythm fairly early.
“A big message was being patient and to move the ball quicker than the opposition can move. When we did that we looked really good.”
New Zealand’s next match of the tournament is against New Caledonia – who claimed a 5-0 win over Tonga - on Saturday at 1pm (NZ time).
The winner of the tournament qualifies for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan later this year.
Oceania Football Women’s U-17 Championships 2016
Thursday 14 January
New Zealand 11-0 Samoa (half: 5-0)
NZL: Hannah Blake 1’, 81’, 90+7’ Gabrielle Jillings 7’, Jacqui Hand 13’, 21’, 65’, Samantha Tawharu 36’, OG 73’, Sarah Krystman 85’, 90+4’
New Zealand: 12. Nadia Olla (GK), 2. Claudia Bunge, 5. Michaela Foster (capt - 15. Francesca Grange 74’), 7. Hannah Blake, 8. Malia Steinmetz, 9. Samantha Tawharu (19. Maggie Jenkins 60’), 11. Jacqui Hand, 13. Kate Williams, 14. Rebecca Lake, 16. Alosi Bloomfield, 18. Gabrielle Jillings (10. Sarah Krystman 60’)
Substitutes not used: 1. Anna Leat (GK), 3. Amber Phillips, 4. Ally Toailoa, 6. Nicole Mettam, 17. Emma Main
Coach: Gareth Turnbull
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