Junior Girls Football Champions
Junior Girls Football - Southern Sydney Champions!Junior Girls Football - Southern Sydney Champions!The Junior Girls played together for the first time on Wednesday, 4 April. A number of girls were selected in the College's representative football teams for the very first time.We started the Gala day with a tough game against Aquinas. In the opening exchanges, the game was played mostly in our half as Aquinas dominated possession. 10 minutes in Aquinas took a well deserved lead when the ball was placed into the corner from close range leaving Ruby Lancaster in goals with no chance. Aquinas continued to dominate and only some great defending by Capri Tuffy and Kate Bacon we could have gone into the half time break worse off than 1-0 down. The girls spoke at halftime about playing the ball around and relaxing in possession. We started the second
half much better and Olivia Lysiak looked dangerous as she moved further forward, going close from long range. A great turn from Madison Collins sether away from her defender and she made her way towards goal. Her shot was saved but thankfully captain Alyssa Davis was there to fire in the rebound to equalise. St Pats finished the game stronger but couldn't find another goal. Into extra time we went and we continued to apply pressure. Jamieson White and Alyssa were on top in the middle and after 4 minutes strong tackling in the middle set Olivia through on halfway. A sprint towards goal with 2 defenders right on her back didn't phase Olivia as she placed the ball in the bottom corner to seal a 2-1 golden goal win!!An hour later we played the semi final against OLMC Burraneer who had beaten Clancy Catholic College 3-0 in their opening game. This game turned out to be much more straightforward than the first game. Great play from Rachel Coffey and Lara Calabria set Olivia clear early on and she finished well to put St Pats 1-0 up early on. Alyssa then won the ball and set Olivia clear again and again she put the ball in the net. St Pats finished the half off on top and deserved their 2-0 lead. The girls had plenty of opportunities to add to the lead and Liana Veselcic scored our final goal in a 3-0 win.Another hour break before the final against Freeman Catholic College. Freeman had defeated us on penalties at this stage for the last 2 years. The game started badly when Freeman pounced on a poor clearance to take an early 1-0 lead. St Pats reacted well and went on the attack. Lara did brilliantly to set up Olivia who finished high into the net to equalise. Moments later Lara again skipped passed her defender and crossed the ball in where Tess Robinson volleyed the ball off the post. Thankfully Rachel was in the right place to put the rebound into the net. We didn't hold the lead for long as a great shot from long distance went in off the post to leave the game tied at 2-2 at the break. The second half was a quiet affair compared to the first, with Tess going close with a header and Ruby saving well from a Freeman attack. The game finished 2-2 and went into extra time and stayed as it was for another 10 minutes. It was to be penalties to seperate the schools for the third year running! Thankfully it was a case of third time lucky as Olivia, Alyssa, Kate and Madison converted to seal a 4-3 win on penalties!Well done to the girls who have qualified through to the NSWCCC Quarter Finals. They were a credit to the College and they have earned a country trip to Canberra, Goulburn or Wagga Wagga next term!The team: Olivia Lysiak, Madison Collins, Liana Veselcic, Ruby Lancaster, Jamieson White, Tess Robinson, Alyssa Davis, Lara Calabria, Scarlett Tennant, Brianna Tanevski, Mia Colaco, Sarah Heptinstall, Kate Bacon, Bianca Garrahy, Rachel Coffey, Capri Tuffy.
Mr Enda Forde and Mr Peter Ilinkovski, Coaches