Wellington Girls’ Win Premier Final in wild wet
Football – 2018 Girls Premier Final
Wellington Girls’ College have successfully defended their Premier 1 Girls’ football title with a tenacious 1-0 victory over St Mary’s College in grim conditions at Petone Memorial Park.
Played in horontoizal rain and often bitter winds, the spectacle wasn’t an all-time classic, but the endeavour of both teams was highly commendable.
The only goal of the match was scored midway through the first-half when Libby Browne eluded St Mary’s keeper Kearis Houlihan.
St Mary’s pressed hard for an equaliser, but Wellington Girls’ showed the defensive qualities which saw them only concede a solitary goal in their last six games.
George Lawry, Jemima Lewis-Gourdie and captain Lucy Jones were a tower of strength for Wellington Girls’ on defense.
St Mary’s Zoe Barrott (recently selected for the Capital Women’s football league squad) was largely contained. Captain Sydnie Williams led by example in pursuit of an elusive goal.
Both teams will head to Taupo to contest the Nationals next week. St Mary’s are in Pool A alongside reigning National champions, St Kentigern College, Whangarei Girls’ College and Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth.
Wellington Girls’ feature in Pool G with Westlake Girls’ High School, Howick College and Otumoetai College from the Bay of Plenty.
Both sides will be looking to improve on their 16th and 17th placed finishes respectively at Nationals last year. If anything tonight is to go by – this is a highly likely prospect!
Meanwhile in the Premier 2 final, Onslow College won the aptly named Onslow Cup for the third time, overwhelming Tawa College 2-0.
Wellington Girls’ Winning Team
|Emilie Beamsley-Dick||Lucy Jones (C)|
|Libby Browne||George Lawry|
|Jemma Catherwood||Jemima Lewis-Gourdie|
|Sophie Coyle||Eliza O’Donnell|
|Nicole Dalley||Amanda Parlane|
|Anushka Desai||Zoe Tims|
|Jemma Hall||Samantha Whyte|
|Annalise Hames||Charlotte Wilford-Carroll|
Coaches & Management: Ben Frean, Sarah Alder.
Past Premier 1 Champions
|2018: Wellington Girls’ College||2008: Wellington Girls’ College|
|2017: Wellington Girls’ College||2007: Wellington East Girls’ College|
|2016: Hutt Valley High School||2006: Wellington East Girls’ College|
|2015: St Mary’s College||2005: Wellington East Girls’ College|
|2014: Hutt Valley High School||2004: Wellington East Girls’ College|
|2013: Wellington Girls’ College||2003: Samuel Marsden College|
|2012: Samuel Marsden Collegiate||2002: Hutt Valley High School|
|2011: Wellington East Girls’ College||2001: Hutt Valley High School|
|2010: Wellington East Girls’ College||2000: Hutt Valley High School|
|2009: Wellington East Girls’ College|
Article courtesy of College Sport Media