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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
The first game started slowly, as players were playing together for the first time and it was our first hit-out for the year. Girls were certainly rusty in executing their skills. In dewy conditions, the girls were finding it hard to take the ball cleanly, but the endeavour, chasing and tackling was evident. Tatachilla were a strong side, with some very good players and they regularly took the ball forward and put our defense and team under pressure. Midfielders led by Smith, Kohn and Harkness controlled and won the ball and drove it forward, whilst our defenders mopped up opposition attacks, capably organised by Hayes, Bennett and Fry. In the end, the girls won by a narrow 14 points and were alive for Game 2 to progress to the next round.
Goal Kickers: Kellock, Kohn, Turnbull 1.
Best Players: Kohn, Smith, Hayes, Harkness, Bennett, Fry.

GAME 2: SHC 9.10 defeated Cardijn 0.0
Cardijn looked to be a strong opponent after defeating Tatachilla in golden point overtime. The winner of this game were to advance to the next round, so there was plenty to play for. In a really strong start, the girls jumped out of the blocks quickly, as the school crowd poured into the Main Oval. Kellock was providing the team with a real target up forward and was slotting important first half goals. Morgan and Paull were dominant across half-forward, as the continued to drive the ball inside the 50m arc. Kohn and Bennett were lively in the midfield and once again Hayes was repelling opposition attacks. The girls tackled like crazy, took the game on and defended with frugalness, holding Cardijn scoreless. The girls enjoyed playing on the Main Oval, showcasing girls football to the big crowd that came to support.
Goal Kickers: Kellock 4, Paull 2, Ffrench, Smith, Morgan 1.
Best Players: Morgan, Kellock, Paull, Kohn, Hayes, Bennett.

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
Goal Kickers: Turnbull, Kellock, Morgan 1
Best Players: Smith, Kohn, Ffrench, Paul, Hayes, Fry.

GAME 4: SHC 5.1 defeated Mercedes 0.2
Goal Kickers: Smith 2, Mackrill, Morgan, Bennett 1
Best Players: Harkness, Smith, Morgan, Donnell, Mackrill, Kohn.

SHC 4.6 defeated Henley High 4.3

The SHC Girls Football side were playing in their 5th consecutive state knockout grand final - our opponents in this instalment was Henley High. After the disappointment of not playing on Adelaide Oval due to poor weather, an opportunity to win a 4th title since 2013 was still up for grabs. On a muddy and wet day for football on Woodville Oval, this grand final was going to be brutal.

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.
Goal Kickers: Kellock, Turnbull, Paul, Mackrill 1.
Best Players: Smith, Kohn, Hayes, Harkness, Fry, Mackrill, Paull, Kellock.

Garreth Hutton



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