Jillaroos create history
The Australian Women's Rugby League team created history last night by making the Women's World Cup final for the first time. The Jillaroos defeated Pacific Islands in the second of the Women's major semi finals 30 - 6. This win booked themselves a place in the Women's World Cup final and a place in the history books.
The Jillaroos finished 3rd in the 2000 Women's World Cup and 4th in the 2003 Women's World Cup. Jillaroos captain Tahnee Norris believe that he girls have what it takes to go one step further and win the World Cup, "It is different this tme, we are better prepared, we are more disciplined and we all have the will to win" Norris said. Norris is one of three Australian players to have played in all three Women's World Cups, so she knows what it will take to knock off the World Champions.
Jillaroos coach Karen Stuart ha the tough job of naming her team of 17 to play in the final, "This is the part of the job i don't like, having to leave players out is hard, they have all contributed to this World Cup campaign and the team would not be in the position that it is if it wasn't for ALL of the 22 players that we have" Stuart said.
Stuart, herself an ex-Australian representative player was part of the 1998 team that defeated the Kiwi's in a test match played at Leichhardt Oval, "There is no better feeling than beating the Ferns, they are the best" Stuart said.
Australia will take on the current World Champions, the Kiwi Ferns on Saturday 15th November at Suncorp Stadium.