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Aussies a step closer in World Cup

Helensburgh's Emma Tonegato.

Helensburgh’s Emma Tonegato.

THE Australian Jillaroos will go into tomorrow’s (Sunday) Women’s World Cup Final against New Zealand at Headingley Stadium in Leeds with a lot of confidence after narrowly losing to the Kiwis in their last pool game.

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

The Australians were all square at 6 – all at half time, and after a mighty defensive effort in the second half, just missed out with the Kiwis winning 14 – 6.

The sole try scorer for the Jillaroos was Tara Westera and Ali Brigginshaw converted.

The Jillaroos rested six of their top players, giving every player in the squad an opportunity to get some game time.

“That is the best defensive effort I have seen from an Australian women’s team,” Head Coach Paul Dyer said after the game.

“We will have to improve but we are right in this World Cup.”

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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