Rosie’s hat-trick was just perfect
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.”
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.