Football - Girls (Issue 5 2017)
Written on the 24 August 2017
Number one: SHC Girls win Knockout Footy Grand Final
The Girls' Football side played their first games of the State Knockout Competition on Tuesday 13 June on the Main Oval, playing against Tatachilla Lutheran College in Game 1 and Cardijn College in Game 2. It was an exciting start to the Knockout competition and all the girls were excited to represent their College.
GAME 1: SHC 3.2 defeated Tatachilla 1.0
GAME 2: SHC 9.10 defeated Cardijn 0.0
The girls now advance to a 3-way semi-final to be played in early Term 3 against Mercedes College and Trinity College. The winner of this next phase, will progress to the State Knockout Grand Final on Adelaide Oval.
GAME 3: SHC 3.4 defeated Trinity 0.5
GAME 4: SHC 5.1 defeated Mercedes 0.2
STATE KNOCKOUT GRAND FINAL
The game started with all momentum going Henley's way, goaling within the first 2 minutes. Henley were more physical and intent on winning the ball and we looked shell shocked. The SHC girls were half-asleep and it showed, as the margin blew out to 18 points in 10 minutes. It was worrying signs, as this type of application from the girls is very rare. As the quarter drew to a close, the girls finally switched into action and started winning the ball and keeping it in our own half, two shots on goal showed positive signs we had the potential to compete. Now going with the breeze, it was important to step it up and use the advantage. The girls started to win more ball and "hack" it forward with big kicks. Despite peppering the points early, we eventually managed to back to back goals and the margin was now 4 points at the main break. Henley were a solid outfit and this game would come down to who could apply the pressure the longest.
Going into the premiership quarter, the girls were now really up for the contest and it showed in their focus, chasing and tackling and in our defensive work. Our defenders were doing a fantastic job of playing tight and repelling Henley attacks. It certainly was a willing game of football and despite dominating field position and possession, we just couldn't kick the all-important goal to put us in front. Eventually, we capitalized and put our noses in front for the first time, to then see Henley hit back quickly with an easy goal. At the final break we were down by 3 points, going with the breeze in the last quarter.
Early in the final term, we had plenty of the ball in our forward 50m but Henley were defending so stoutly, with a flood of numbers at the contest. This early dominance moved to Henley, who got on top, controlling the ball in their own half. With 4 minutes left on the clock and the title looking hard to grasp, we wrestled the ball down the wing - this was our last opportunity to kick the winner. With 2 minutes remaining and the situation looking out of reach, a controversial free kick was awarded 15m out on a slight angle. Annie Kellock, lived every players dream of kicking the winner, as she went back, under pressure and kicked truly. When the siren sound to indicate an SHC victory, the girls celebrated loud and proud and dived around in the mud with smiles on their faces. This truly was a nail bitter, a hard earned victory in very trying circumstances. As coaches, we are very proud of all the girls and their efforts and how they represented their school with pride and passion.
For the match, our midfield of Emma Smith, Tessa Kohn, Tait Mackrill and Eirenn Harkness were pivotal in winning the ball and getting it forward. Our defenders led by Micaela Hayes and Alice Fry played tight and repelled Henley attacks and forwards Annie Kellock and Indianna Paull gave us an excellent avenue in attack. Emma Smith was deservedly awarded the Best Player after a consistent four quarter effort.