The Southern Tablelands Football Association [STFA] under 14 Girls Rep Soccer Team
have returned from Bathurst after playing in the weekends Proctor Park Challenge, with
a draw and three losses from their four games.
The Girls kicked off their first game at 750 am on Saturday morning against North
Sydney United one of the leading Sydney Teams. The Early start saw the Girls a bit slow
to start and were down a goal after ten minutes. Following this early set back the Girls
picked up the pace of the game and soon matched the Sydney side to take the game to
nil one at the break. A quick two minute break and three interchanges saw the Girls take
the game to the Sydney side and were by far the better Team for the last ten minutes of
the seventeen halve and were unlucky not to have scored but finally went down 1 nil
Their second game was three hours later against country Team Griffith who proved too
strong for the Tablelands and ran out winners 2 goals to nil. This game was played with
the temperature near 30 C and this effected both teams ability tp play good soccer.
Their third game for the day kicked at 6.30 pm against New Castle Team New Lambton
after a five hour break.
New Lambton were the first to score when they broke through the Tablelands defence in
the seventh minute. The Tablelands Girls pulled one back two minutes later when striker
Shae Dumesic found the back of the net fowling good lead up play from the midfield.
The reminder of the game saw end to end play as both Teams tried for the winning goal
but the final whistle saw a one all draw that was in the end a good result.
The Girl’s final game on Sunday saw them come up against top Sydney Team Blacktown
Spartans, a team who had been together since they were under 10. The Sydney Team
showed their strength when the scored within three minutes but it took then another ten
minutes to score their second goal. The second half saw the Spartans score in the fifth
and seventh minute but for the last ten minutes of the game the Tablelands Girls picked
up their game and fought hard to keep the final score to four nil.
Even though the Girls only drew one game their Coach Lindsay Cosgrove said at no time
were the Girls out of their depth over the weekend with two players Goalkeeper Shayla
Hill and sweeper Betsy Willis the stand out players.