Members of the John Paul College open girls football team who will play a State knockout semi-final against All Saints College,
Members of the John Paul College open girls football team who will play a State knockout semi-final against All Saints College,

Underdogs tag for John Paul College

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

WITH a defence that has let through only one goal in their four knockout matches, the John Paul College Open girls football team has every reason to be confident ahead of their big game this morning.

In the combined CIS and CCC knockout competition, the John Paul team are taking on All Saints College from Maitland in the state semi-finals at the International Stadium.

While the team's coach Di McGowan might be confident at the prospects of her team progressing through to the final, she's very quick to claim the All Saint's team are favourites for this morning's semi.

"We're the underdogs, definitely," she said.

"The fact that we're a country school makes us the underdogs.

"Maitland's team have a school that has three campuses so they have a bigger base to draw their players from.

"Their school has also had success in the past."

McGowan thinks that her team is a better chance of victory against All Saints after pulling a slight swifty on the authorities by getting the game at the Stadium.

"The rules said that the game needed to be played on a neutral ground so we can't have it at the school," she explained.

"That gives us a chance to play on a ground that is so well maintained.

"The draw says that this is basically our home game, so we interpreted that as playing in Coffs Harbour," McGowan added with a cheeky grin.

She then went on to add that the convenor of the competition understands that playing the game in the local area is of benefit to John Paul as victory would mean travelling to Sydney for the final.

This is the first time that a team from John Paul College has progressed so far in the tournament and according to McGowan, the girls only have themselves to thank for their rewards.

"They've been very motivated, spending much of their free time doing training games and skills enhancement," she said.

"Some of it has been off their own back, especially lately as they're very excited at the prospect of winning."



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