The Australian junior women’s hockey team, featuring SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holders Nina Khoury and Mathilda Carmichael, has finished sixth at the 2013 FIH Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup in Germany.

After cruising through to the quarter finals the Australian Jillaroos suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Great Britain despite dominating the match.

“We played some of the best hockey in the tournament,” said Khoury.

“We topped our pool and then faced England in the quarters, where we had 23 shots on goal compared to their two and we lost 1-0. We learnt that there is a very thin line between winning and losing in elite sport. It was very disappointing; however it was the best experience I have ever had.”

The Jillaroos bounced back from the unfortunate loss by defeating the USA 4-1 to secure a spot in the fifth place playoff, with Khoury scoring in the win.

Facing Spain in the fifth and sixth place playoff, the Jillaroos suffered the same fate as their quarter final loss to England, dominating for the majority of the match before going down 1-0.