A fantastic achievement for four of the five Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams to make the FNSW WPL2 Semi Finals – hosted at VSP on the weekend of 27 and 28 August. The best of women’s football was on display! These teams of home grown girls, plus coaches, managers, parents and fans should all be proud of the support they have provided each other to make it this far.
Unfortunately the results on the day did not go our way – as noted below. First Grade continue to grow and develop, playing their own individual style of football, and will come back even stronger in 2017! The W13’s, W15’s and W17’s, however, remain in the competition with the opportunity to make the Grand Final still to be fought over – with the knock out Final to be played next weekend. Go get them girls and continue to make Sutherland proud.
WPL13. Sutherland Shire FA (1) V’s Nepean FC (3). Sunday 28th August 2016
Goal Scorer : Mia Murarotto
Finals football – it doesn’t matter where you finish on the ladder, who you have beaten to get there or what the results were against the opposition, it all comes down to our determination and drive to win and how we handle the pressure that comes with playing finals football.
Unfortunately for us, today was not our day, Nepean pressed hard and pressured every pass, which made for a very difficult day. We didn’t execute our normal game plan until the back end of the match, with about 10 mins to go, when after a good string of passes Mia found the back of the net.
If we all focus on this part of the game moving forward and play our normal style of football next weekend against Northern Tigers, I have no doubt we will walk away with not only the win but also a spot in the Grand Final which is well deserved.
Let’s work really hard this week and take it to Northern Tigers next weekend!!! Good Luck!!!
WPL 15. SSFA (1) v Northern Tigers (2). 28th August, 2016
SSFA Goal Scorers: Meagan
After a long season starting in October, 2015 with trials, Proctor Cup, Bathurst, trial games and 21 hard fought rounds of football, we find ourselves in the major semi against our main rivals the Northern Tigers. The team goal at the start of the season was to play finals football and that has certainly been achieved.
With the sun shining brightly under clear blue skies and Valentine Sports Park abuzz with nervous tension (that’s the parents by the way because the girls all looked calm and settled), the whistle blew to start our assault to glory.
The team started solidly with nice team passing led by Ash and Lana in the middle and strong attacks out wide
with Bianca and Charlotte pressing on the Tigers defence. Enya, between the sticks, played her usual strong and decisive keeping and clearances. Bob was kept busy with Tiger’s dangerous attacking 31, while Bailey pushed up the right hand side linking nicely with the wide and central mid’s. Bec and Lauren were as solid as ever stopping a number of pressing raids by the Tigers attack. Lana and Jaz fought hard in the middle of the park while Leanna had a close miss at the other end being rewarded for her constant never give up attitude. Lauren continued being the wall/cleaner at the back and Ash began controlling the centre of the park.
With 20 minutes gone and Sutherland having the better of the play, the Tigers centre mid slots a long range shot from outside the box into the back of the next. This drove the girls to increase the intensity in the game. Amelia came on and began strong raids down the right hand side. A strong shot whizzed past the post with one of her drives to the goal which had us all on our feet. Tahlee came on midway through the half and immediately had an impact on the Tigers forward line showing her speed and great cover defence. We went into the end of the half with it is still anyone’s game.
Sutho started the second half strongly with Shaylee picking up where she left off in the first. She led nice passing sequences with the ball getting to Bianca up near the box and in her usual way wins us a free kick. This then led to a corner which saw Ash float a cracking ball into the box which hit either the post or keeper and almost went in leaving us all gasping from the sideline. Steve continued to bark orders from the dugout that only the girls can understand. Tigers get a free kick just outside our box which Bec, as well as the rest of us, don’t quite understand as we all held our collective breathe as the ball sailed over the cross bar.
The girls continue to press with Amelia driving dangerous crosses into the Tigers box. Jaz leads some nice link up play which then gets to Bailey who sends a great through ball to Leanna who finds herself in the clear one on one with their keeper who does a great job of closing down Leanna’s angle and pulls off a miraculous save. Time is running out, a few shots we have go wide of the Tigers post, then against the play the Tigers main striker breaks away through our defence and scores the killer goal with only 6 minutes on the clock. To the girls credit the never say die attitude comes through and with 3 minutes on the clock, super sub Meagan slots in a goal into the back of the net to pull the score back to 2-1. The whistle blows and a jubilant Tigers team jump for joy while our girls can hold their heads high with a great team performance.
Great game girls!! Let’s show Bankstown next week what we are made of. It’s our turn.
WPL 17. SSFA (0) v Northern Tigers (2). 28th August, 2016
WPL 1st Grade. SSFA (0) v Sydney Olympic (2). 27th August 2016