A SELECT group of talented girls from Foster-Tuncurry in the south to Coffs Harbour in the north and everywhere in between are all smiles after their Football Mid North Coast (FMNC) team won the Northern NSW Football u16 Women’s Premier League grand final in Newcastle.
Following 20 weeks of competition, travelling hundreds of kilometres for training and games against other top WPL teams throughout Newcastle, the team had booked themselves a grand final spot to go head to head against South Wallsend for the coveted Women’s Premier League trophy.
Following a fiercely contested and hard fought game resulting in a 1-0 win, the team created history being the first FMNC team to win a WPL title.
In summing up the season coach Mick (Grassy) Grass said: “There’s so much to admire and be proud about what these girls have achieved. The main thing for me is the way every player applied themselves and believed in playing a certain style right from the start of the season.
“Without every single player on board we couldn’t be successful. Somewhere in the final round of the competition we also developed a harder edge, a steely resolve, a resilience that we didn’t have earlier in the season.
“That is what got us through the last four weeks. We’d always played better football but in the last month we needed something more. We found it when we needed it most and the reward for the team for all the hard work is being crowned the u16 WPL champions for 2017.’’