KORUMBURRA City Soccer Club girls Estelle Rosse, Dakota DeCarlo, Amelia Hurst and Fernanda Hurst took their soccer to the next level when they were selected to represent the Gippsland Soccer League in the CLFA 2017 Championships at Morwell over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Estelle, Dakota and Amelia played in the under 16 team and Fernanda played in the under 12s.
The girls attended try-outs and were selected to be part of the GSL squad, along with players from Phillip Island, Mirboo North, Leongatha, Lang Lang, Wonthaggi, Drouin, Trafalgar and the Latrobe Valley.
The group travelled to Cranbourne, Mirboo North and Leongatha, as well as their home ground for train training over the last few weeks to bring the team together.
In such a short period of time, the respective coaches brought the girls together and developed their skills well.
The teams were drawn to play two games on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday against travelling teams from Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga as well as the home side of Latrobe Valley – teams who have been playing together and training together for some time.
The GSL girls teams looked great in their orange and black strip and entered teams in the under 12, under 14 and under 16 age groups.
The under 16 team started off the weekend with Dakota kicking the first goal against Geelong.
The girls did their best and managed to come away with a draw and a win from their five games, beating the home side Latrobe Valley in a thrilling 2-1 game, where the girls held on with great composure and pressure on the ball.
The under 14 girls had one win out of four games with a solid win over Bendigo.
The under 12s had two wins in the tightest competition of the weekend, missing out on the final by one game, if only some luck had fallen their way.
There are some very pleasing signs for girls’ soccer in the region, with more time for training and more tournaments throughout the year giving the girls more experience and time to show their abilities.