Champs prove their worth
THE two teams crowned champions at the National Youth Championships for Girls proved they were worthy of the title.
NSW Country in the under-17s and NSW Metro in the under-15s took on the best the country could offer at the BCU International Stadium yesterday and walked away with their reputations in tact.
In the final matches of the tournament, the under-15s NSW Metro side still had enough left in the tank to defeat the All Stars side 1-0.
In the 17s, newly crowned national champions NSW Country could only manage a late goal in the final seconds to secure a 1-all draw with the under-17s All-Stars.
The All-Stars concept was a new initiative introduced this week, which replaced the traditional grand finals played in each age group.
The All-Stars team was selected from the squads that weren’t the national champions as a means of rewarding those individuals that shone throughout the tournament.
The All-Stars squad then faced off against the newly crowned national champions in each age division.
A total of four Northern NSW players were selected for the under-15 All-Star team - Newcastle’s Isobel Cootes, Adriana Jones and Mikela Howell, as well as Sophie Thomson from Cumbalum on the Far North Coast.
In the under-17 All Star team, three Newcastle-based Northern NSW players were selected – Sarah Grist, Maddie Searle and Brigitte Holt.
The selection was a just reward for the hard work put in not only during the tournament, but during preparation as well.
The Northern NSW under-15 and under-17 sides finished fifth and sixth respectively in the tournament, after finishing second and third in their respective groups.
The Championships for Girls will return to Coffs Harbour next year.
This year’s National Youth Championships for Boys will be held at the BCU International Stadium at the end of September.