New Zealanders on a high despite defeat

“This just goes to show that dreams can come true when you fight for them,” said Aneka Mittendorff, the captain of the Oceania side. “I think our determination has been one of the keys to our success.”

New Zealand have shown that determination in every match and have been able to implement their gameplan from the off. Proof of that is the fact that all the goals they have scored so far at Uruguay 2018 have come in the first half.

The Kiwis are now hoping to end the tournament on the same positive note: “We want to win the match for third place and make it on to the podium,” said Rennie, revealing her intentions for her last few days in Uruguay.

It goes without saying that her side’s exploits are being closely followed back home, where, if Coach Birnie’s hopes are fulfilled, a new generation of young female players will emerge to follow in the footsteps of their pioneering heroes.