Winning run comes to end
By GREG WHITE
WOOLGOOLGA High School girls' under-15 years footballers have already caused one major upset ? and almost another.
Given little chance of making it past 900 other teams in Australia's largest competition of its type, the girls snared a place in the final four of the Bill Turner Trophy.
Matched against Hunter Sports High in yesterday's semi-final at Lake Macquarie, Woolgoolga's winning streak came to an end, edged out 1-0 by the tournament favourites.
But it was ever so close, according to event organiser Greg Danvers.
"Tell the people back home they can be proud of the enormous effort the girls put in," he said admiringly.
"The back three ? Jesse Baulac, Riaarne David and Gabby Dickinson had mighty games and keeper Chloe Bartlett had everybody fascinated by her personal duel with Hunter striker Taleah Doyle."
For the opening 10 minutes, both sides traded shots before Dickinson intervened to force two corners against drives that could easily have found the net.
"Jesse cut off one moment of danger by forcing a corner and Chloe spoiled Doyle's party when she pushed away a certainty just before the break," Danvers said.
"With the score 0-0 at half time, Woopi were well in the game with some spectators believing they'd done enough to kill off any confidence Hunter had left."
Danvers said the levee broke three minutes after the resumption.
"Doyle fired one at Chloe she had no hope of stopping," he said. "It gave the Hunter girls their second wind but while they kept pouring on the pressure, they couldn't get close again.
"In the end, Woolgoolga simply ran out of time."
In the playoff for third place at 1pm today, Woolgoolga face the loser of Cootamundra High and Westfields Sports High.