Northern NSW squads kick off their Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls Campaigns

July 15th, 2019


Day One of the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls proved to be a strong start for both of the Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) squads sharing consecutive wins in the opening day.

NNSWF Technical Advisor Leo Bertos who is looking over both squads was pleased with how the girls’ have started their national campaigns.

“We have come together with players scattered around the region and have been limited with the opportunity to train together,” Bertos said.

“It was nice to see them perform quite well for their first game and get some good results which will hopefully provide confidence for the girls for the rest of the week.”’

14 Years:

12:10 pm Northern NSW 1 (J. Watts 24′) def. Football West 0

With many opportunities created in the game, the 14 Years Girls held onto a tight 1-0 victory against a strong Western Australian team.

Both teams and both keepers played very well defending and deflecting all shots in both halves.

“We saw a good couple of individual performances across both age groups,” Bertos said.

“Tahlia Sambrook performed well playing out of a familiar position, also good performances were from Mia Veil in midfield and Jessica Watts who scored the goal.”

Watts converted a beautiful goal, beating all Football West defenders coming down the left and slotting it in the top corner.

15 Years:

1:30 pm Northern NSW 2 (S. Wilkie 7′, I. Burke 28′) def. Tasmania 1 (A. White 26′)

In the 15 Years, it was a close battle in the game, however, Northern NSW were able to stop the Tasmanian team as they fought back from a one all draw.

The first goal of the day came from Samantha Wilkie who opened the scoring for the Northern team.

Tasmania responded shortly after though, Northern fought back straightaway leading to the goal of the day.

It was a good build-up play including Ellen Hughes which was finished off with a nice strike from Imanee Burke.

Bertos stated the standout performers were Emma Allen, Ellen Hughes and Samantha Wilkie.

With being a whole new squad, Bertos said the teams have been working hard to gel together and hope it continues to grow throughout the week.

“Now we know what the girls are capable of and we will hopefully be very competitive in the remaining games,” Bertos concluded.

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