National football championships conclude

AFTER a tough final day of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls, the Northern NSW 14 years football team finished in third place while the 15s were fifth after two tough games against the table leaders.


Victoria 0 drew Northern NSW 0

Northern NSW were matched up against a tough Victorian side, however, Northern NSW dominated most of the game and were unfortunate to get the win.

Northern NSW Football technical Director Michael Browne believed although the result was a draw, the 14s should have come away with the three points.

“In some ways, it was a disappointing end to the week, the girls had enough of the play to come away with 3 points but unfortunately were unable to make the most of the position they had in the attacking third,” Browne said.

“On top of that, they also missed a penalty which ultimately would have enabled them to get a win that they deserved.”


Northern NSW 0 def by Queensland 1 (J Thomson)

The 15rs were unfortunate not to at least equalise in their first match of the day against Queensland where they dominated possession but hit the post on a number of occasions.

Northern NSW Football technical director Michael Browne said: “The girls started the game quite brightly, hitting the woodwork twice in the opening minutes, before going behind in a disappointing manner giving the ball away cheaply trying to play out the back.

“Despite dominating possession they were unable to break down a sturdy Queensland team and ended up losing a game that they should have probably achieved at least a draw out of,” Browne concluded.

NSW Metro 3 (J Millard 14, Z Dribbus 31, R McNally 39) d Northern NSW 1 (J Hughes 37)

In their final match of the day, the 15rs, defended well in the first half but couldn’t match up against the National champions NSW Metro.

Northern NSW Ash Wilson was  pleased with the team’s overall performance throughout the whole tournament and said: “The girls had a positive week, I think there’s still a lot of areas to grow and develop, however, I am pleased with how they performed.”

In regards to their game against NSW Metro, Wilson believed a little more composure may have changed the scoreline.

“The girls showed a lot of intent and maybe with a little more quality and composure in the front third, the scoreline might have been more reflective of the game,” he concluded.