Rosie’s hat-trick was just per­fect

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

The foot­ball record books needed rewrit­ing af­ter striker Rosie White scored a hat-trick against Colom­bia in the un­der-17 Women’s World Cup last week.

Fif­teen-year-old Rosie be­came the first Kiwi at any level to pick up a hat­trick at a Fifa tour­na­ment.

The Herne Bay res­i­dent’s ef­fort also se­cured the firstever win by a New Zealand side at a Fifa women’s event.

And it makes the Young Ferns the first lo­cal side to score three goals in a match dur­ing a Fifa com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing nar­row losses to Den­mark and Canada in the first two matches of the tour­na­ment, Rosie says some­thing had to give against Colom­bia in Welling­ton.

“All the frus­tra­tion built up in the last few games. We just let it out.”

But she’s quick not to take all the credit for her suc­cess.

“My team­mates put per­fect balls through to me. Every­one per­formed and the goals came.”

De­spite play­ing a vi­tal role in tak­ing New Zealand to victory, Rosie says the achieve­ment didn’t re­ally dawn on her un­til af­ter the match.

“I was a bit sur­prised. I didn’t re­ally take it in un­til the fi­nal whis­tle, but it’s a re­ally awe­some feel­ing.”

New Zealand coach Paul Tem­ple de­scribes Rosie’s ef­fort as “sen­sa­tional”.

“It’s what we call a per­fect hat-trick – one goal off the left foot, one off the right foot and a header,” he says.

“She was on form from minute one un­til the last sec­onds of the game.

“She had that lit­tle bit of luck she needed on her side that wasn’t there in the pre­vi­ous two games.”

Tem­ple says at 15, Rosie could play in an­other un­der­World Cup in two years time.

But first she’ll need to get ready for the un­der20 Women’s World Cup in Chile start­ing on Novem­ber 19.

“Scor­ing a hat-trick in the last game is per­fect prepa­ra­tion go­ing into that tour­na­ment,” Tem­ple says.

“She’s got work ethic, nat­u­ral abil­ity and tal­ent. They’re all the in­gre­di­ents needed to be a good foot­baller.”

Photo: DO­MIN­ION POST

Hat-trick hero: New Zealand striker Rosie White, left, cel­e­brates one of her three goals against Colom­bia with cap­tain Briony Fisher at the un­der-17 women’s World Cup in Welling­ton last week.

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