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Helensburgh plays role in French defeat

Emma Tonegato

Emma Tonegato

HELENSBURGH has played a critical role in Australia’s Jillaroos passage to the World Cup Final with an impressive 72-0 victory over France in the UK on Tuesday.

Four Helensburgh girls, Samantha Hammond, Emily Andrews, Tegan Chandler and Emma Tonegato help make up the 23 member Australian squad.

The Jillaroos raced in 14 tries – fullback Samantha Hammond scoring five in her just her second Test – in a dominant final hit-out before their last group match against New Zealand tomorrow (Thursday).

Winger Emma Tonegato also crossed for a hat-trick of tries in an unforgettable debut for the Jillaroos, while prop Stephanie Hancock and centre Jenny Sue-Hoepper each crossed twice as the Jillaroos led 28-0 at half-time.

Emily Andrews

Emily Andrews

Jillaroos coach Paul Dyer was satisfied with the performance ahead of their showdown with the tournament favourites.

“In the first half we were a bit flat,” Dyer said.

“For us it’s just about regrouping now and making sure we manage injuries. We play New Zealand on Thursday and that should be a good test for us.”

The final group match against New Zealand will be an exciting preview of the World Cup Final, with the Jillaroos and Kiwis now guaranteed a berth in Sunday’s Final regardless of the result in the pool match.

NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith, who was on the sidelines to support the Jillaroos, paid tribute to the skill level shown by all teams.

Tegan Chandler

Tegan Chandler

“This has been a great day for women’s Rugby League,” Smith said. 

“I am very proud of the Jillaroos, but I also want to congratulate every team for the way the games were played.

“The game was tough with plenty of hard contests but the ability and talent of our players was of the highest order.”

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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