Football Girls Auckland Champs!
August 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM
In what proved to be an amazing evening of sport last night for Saint Kentigern, the first major win of the evening came from our Football 1st XI Girls’ team. In a first for the team, having already topped the Auckland League, they put in a stellar performance to beat Baradene 3-0 to win the Auckland Knock Out Cup. The girls have gone unbeaten throughout the season with just two draws against Rangitoto and Mt Albert Grammar during league play.
Played in front of a supportive crowd on a cold, crisp night, the match got off to a strong start on the Seddon Field at Western Springs. Used to playing on grass, the artificial turf was a new surface for both teams as they settled into play. From a penalty, Hannah Blake was first to score taking Saint Kentigern to a 1-0 lead at half time. The girls came back firing on all cylinders in the second half and a goal from Amy Waters, followed by a scorcher from Hannah in the last two minutes of the game, secured the win. Hannah was named MVP for the game.
Hannah and fellow team player, Amy Waters bring a strong skill set to the game with their representative playing experience. Hannah plays for the NZU20 team and Amy for NZU17.
Led by captain, Tate McGregor, this is a team who set out at the start of the season with a goal in mind, and through sheer determination and hard work have achieved it. Their training included a robust strength and conditioning programme, technical and tactical field sessions and sports psychology.
The team now looks forward to the upcoming National competition in Taupo during tournament week.
Premier Girls XI Team: Hannah Blake, Helena Danesh-Clough, Elizabeth Ellis, Katelyn Gray, Ekaterina Lieshout, Grace Maddren, Henrietta Masson, Tate McGregor (captain), Charlotte Rowden, Erin Shields, Jemma Tasman-Jones, Gorgi Van Lienen, Amy Waters, Amber Whitley, Brooke Wielenga and Brooke Wylie.
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