Northern NSW Girls finish third in both the 13 and 15 Years divisions.
The girls put on strong performances throughout the tournament and fought hard against girls at their same skill level.
Northern NSW Football’s Technical Director, Michael Browne, believed that both squads, in terms of individually and collectively as a team performed to their best ability.
Northern NSW 4 (10′, 36′ & 41′ J. Rankin, 38′ C. Smith) def. Victoria 3 (11′ P. Zois, 16′ G. Taranto, 40′ A. Jancevski)
Northern’s 13 Years played strategically against a competitive Victorian side, which Browne commented as a ‘very entertaining game to finish off the week’.
With Northern being up against the 13 Years Group A winners, Jamilla Rankin put Northern in the lead in the tenth minute.
The game went goal for goal for half an hour till Rankin sealed the deal in the thirty-eighth minute, giving them a win against the champions and bringing them to the third spot on the ladder.
Browne was proud of how the girls performed and believed that their skills on the field didn’t go unnoticed.
“I’m sure that several of the girls will have taken the eye of FFA Staff and the Technical study group,” Browne said.
Northern 13 Years ended the week in third place in Group A, with NSW Metro in second and Victoria in first. In Group B Capital took the top spot, above Northern Territory and NSW Country.
Northern NSW 0 drew NSW Country 0
With all eyes on the 15 Years to hold onto their undefeated streak, NSW Country did a fantastic job in defending and keeping the ball out of the back of the net.
Browne commented on how ‘exceptionally well’ the NSW Country Goal Keeper played with ‘pulling off some great saves’ after the several chances that were made.
With how well the girls played as a team and individually, Browne was overly please with the excellent week that they had played.
“We are hopeful that several of the players will get selected to attend the Junior Matildas camp which is held next week after how well they performed throughout the tournament,” Browne concluded.
Above Northern on the table in 15 Years was NSW Metro in second and Victoria on top.
Leaders Emerge on Day 4 at the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
Northern NSW Girls again put on solid performances against two athletic Queensland divisions on Day 4 of the Westfield National Youth Championships.
Northern’s 15 Years, fought back after evening the scores just at half time and then controlling the second half whilst the 13 Years shared the points in an evenly contested match.
Northern NSW are leading in the 15 Years, however, NSW Metro have a game in hand and are hot on their heels. In the 13 Years, Victoria are in the top spot with NSW Metro following close behind.
Queensland 1 (31′ J. Mortimer) drew Northern NSW 1 (19′ A. Russell)
Northern’s 13 Years were leading in the first half match by a brilliant goal from Alannah Russell in the nineteenth minute.
However in an evenly contested match with both teams eager to find the back of the net and distance themselves apart on the table, Queensland managed to find the equaliser from Jenna Mortimet in the thirty-first minute.
Northern NSW Football’s Technical Director Michael Browne agreed that the match was a ‘very keenly contested game’.
“Both teams created good opportunities and the 1-1 result was a fair reflection of the game.”
Northern NSW 4 (20′ J. Davis, 23′ K. Pisani, 26′ Z. Burnley, 35′ L. Kell) def. Queensland 1 (4′ K. Stephenson)
All eyes were on Northern’s 15 Years on Day 4 as they were going down 1-0 to a determined Queensland.
Just before the half-time whistle, Port Macquarie’s Jessica Davis found the equaliser after finding some space between Queensland’s tight defence.
The goal of the day would go to Co-captain Lucy Kell, with heading the ball into the net from a beautiful cross from Bronte Peel.
Browne was proud of the girls’ second half performance after a ‘somewhat of a disappointing first half’.
“The second half was a different story, they managed to control the game and create some good scoring opportunities, eventually running out four one winners,” Browne concluded.
Northern NSW Find Themselves on Top on Day 3 of Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
A successful end to Day 3 of the Westfield National Youth Championships, with the 15 Years Girls ascending to the top of the table, whilst the 13 Year Girls climbed the ladder to equal second.
Northern NSW 5 (2′ & 28′ J. Rankin, 23′ L. James, 45′ J. Morely, 50′ M. Walker) def. South Australia 1 (45’ S. Branford)
The Northern NSW 13 Years, Jamilla Rankin opened the scoring of the Day 3 match after two minutes against South Australia.
The girls controlled the game through the first half, with Lilah James scoring just before the half time break.
South Australia fought back in the forty-fifth minute, with Sarah Branford scoring however Northern dominated and scored again seconds later.
Northern NSW Technical Director Michael Browne was satisfied with the way the girls played a possession game.
“The under 13 team played very well, they dominated the game in terms of possession. It could have been more creative in the final third but all in all, a pleasing performance.”
Northern NSW 1 (24′ L. Kell) def. South Australia 0
NSW Metro 2 (31′ S. Phonsongkham, 35′ G. Usherwood) drew Northern NSW 2 (9′ T. Tamplin, 37′ L. Kell)
Northern NSW 15 Years found the back of the net just four minutes into the second half from Co-captain Lucy Kell.
Browne believed that despite the score, the girls played comfortably and could have been more effective in the front third.
“Although the score the line suggests a close game the girls were always fairly comfortable. Obviously it would have been better to have got a second goal but despite that, they never really looked like conceding.”
In the second game however, it was a very competitive game against the two front runners of the 15 Years.
Northern girl, Tessa Tamplin scored in the ninth minute which left the girls leading 1-0 at half time.
However NSW Metro were quick to fight back in the second half responding with two goals minutes after the half-time interval.
Kell saved the game by scoring in the thirty-seventh minute, making the score 2 all and keeping Northern at the top of the table.
Browne was overly pleased with the competitive performance that the 15 Years displayed in fighting back for the equaliser.
“The second game against NSW Metro, was a very competitive game, the team had to defend for much of the game and having seen a 1-0 lead disappear at 2-1 down they showed good resilience to grab a deserved equaliser,” Browne concluded.
Mixed Results for Northern NSW sides on Day 2 of Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
The Northern NSW sides faced tough competition on the second day of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls.
The 13 Years Girls went down 4-3 from a tough New South Wales Metro side, whilst the 15 Years dominated in both of their matches, winning 6-0 to Tasmania and a close 1-0 win to Victoria.
Northern NSW 3 (25′ & 27′ J. Rankin, 35′ A. Russell) def. by NSW Metro 4 (5′ P. Bonovas, 22′ & 28′ T. Eliades, 47′ H. McNamara)
Northern NSW 1 (’38 J. Davis) def. Victoria 0
Northern NSW 13 Years played against a hungry NSW Metro side, who claimed victory from a late penalty.
Within the space of six minutes during the match, it was a goal for goal for both sides, however, it was not until Alanna Russell in the 35 minute who evened the scores to 3 all.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director, Michael Browne was positive of the 13 Years performance against an effective NSW Metro team.
“The girls struggled in the first half but managed to grab a goal on the stroke of half-time which meant that they were only 2-1 down. The second half was much more evenly contested and the girls deserved to get back to 3-3 but unfortunately conceded a late penalty and ended up going down 4-3 to a very effective NSW Metro team,” Browne said.
The first match of the day for the 15 Years, started off slow but steadily kept the goals rolling in after their first goal in the 13th minute, Lucy Kell helped her team by scoring a hat trick.
“The first game against Tasmania ended 6-0, however for the first 10 or 15 minutes, the girls struggled to impose themselves on the game and could easily have gone a goal down. Once they scored, however, the game changed, particularly in the second half, they played well and created plenty of chances,” Browne said of the girls’ first match.
In their second match of the day, they played against an effective Victoria side who fought hard to get the ball at the back of the net, however, Northern Goal Keeper Annie Grove had an exceptional day between the posts saving everything the Victorians could throw at her.
“The game against Victoria was difficult from start to end, and the girls were on the back foot for much of the game. Annie Grove in goal was exceptional and kept the team in the game with a string of excellent saves. The girls managed to grab a late winner and achieved a very hard fought victory against one of the better Under 15 Teams her,” Browne concluded.
Northern NSW Sides Start Strong on Day 1 of The Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls
Day 1 Results
The Northern NSW 13 and 15 Years Girls are both off to a winning start at the Westfield National Youth Championships.
9:30am Tasmania 1 (23’ A. Bissett) def. by Northern NSW 10 (6’ C. Smith, 11’ M. Walker, 21’, 24’ & 30’ A. Russell, 27’ & 38’ L. James, 32’ J. Hunter, 33’ R. Copus, 49’ T. Douglas)
The Northern NSW Side for 13 Years commenced their Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls in Coffs Harbour on a high with dominating Tasmania 10-1.
It took just six minutes for the Northern side to get on the score sheet with a steady stream of goals that followed behind.
With six different goal scorers on the score sheet, the Northern side has shown their competitors that they are an attacking force and are ready for the rest of the tournament.
Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) Technical Director, Michael Browne was overly pleased of the Under 13’s performances on Day One.
“The girls performed well against limited opposition, they created a lot of chances and scored 10 goals which was very pleasing. They kept the ball reasonably well and conceded one goal from a defensive error but apart from that were rarely threatened,” Browne said.
10:30am Football West 1 (3’ L. McKenna) drew Northern NSW 1 (30’ K. Pisani)
1:30pm Capital Football 0 def. by Northern NSW 1 (B. Peel)
Northern NSW 15 side started off slow but confidently finished the first day of the Championships on a high.
In their first match of the day against Football West, the girls were down 1-0 at halftime, however, Kaylah Pisani’s equaliser brought some confidence back in the team.
“In the first half, the girls struggled to build up any momentum and did not really create much in the way of attacking opportunities,” NNSWF Technical Director Michael Browne said.
“However, they improved significantly in the second half, dominated possession and deservedly claimed an equaliser.”
Although they couldn’t find the back of the net again in their first game; Bronte Peel capitalised early in the second match in the 9th minute.
“In the second game against Capital Football, the girls played well and dominated with possession. They only managed to score once which always left for a potential mistake and a possible equaliser, but overall they deserved to win the game and finish off to a good first day,” Browne concluded.
For further results, please visit our National Youth Championships page.