Local girls help take out Girls Football State Championship

CHAMPIONS: Polding, a Catholic schools team comprising the best primary school players from the Northern half of the state.

CHAMPIONS: Polding, a Catholic schools team comprising the best primary school players from the Northern half of the state.

St Joseph's Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Kempsey are celebrating this week after representatives from their schools took out the Girls Football State Championship in Miranda last week.

"Players Jess Watts (Port Macquarie) and Charlie Norton (Kempsey) were integral to the success of the team", said coach Maria Wilson (Wauchope).

The students were chosen to represent Polding, a Catholic schools’ team comprising of the best primary school players from the northern half of the state.

They had a lengthy selection process having to work their way through three tough selection trials before the State Carnival.

"When I chose these girls in Bathurst earlier this year I knew we were in with a chance of taking out the cup," said Maria.

At the carnival, the team were undefeated over three days and eight full games. 19 goals were scored against their opponents and only one goal was scored against them, thanks to some mighty defence.

"The hardest part about this carnival is that we selected the team at the beginning of term 2 and, because of the size of our region, our first training session was on the Monday before the carnival." coach Maria Wilson said.

"The girls came together beautifully and played football well beyond their 12 years."

Four girls from the Polding team were selected to play in the NSW team at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide later this year.

"I am so proud of the girls and love that they can get these great opportunities through school sport pathways,” added coach Maria Wilson.

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