Football NSW Girls shine at NTC Championships

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It was a solid week of football displayed by the 2017 Football NSW State Girls side after putting in some great performances as well as achieving some fantastic results without losing a match at last week’s NTC Identification Championships held in Canberra.

Coached by Craig Foster, the former Socceroo was pleased with his team’s performances and praised the way the Girls played in Canberra.

“They were very well behaved, represented their State very well, set the standard of football on the field and demonstrated the strength of friendship and camaraderie within the group throughout.

“It was a great pleasure to coach the girls in Canberra.

“After 44 years in the game, it’s certainly been one of the most enjoyable and memorable.”

The team scored six goals and conceded just the one as they were the only undefeated side at the NTC Championships.

Foster’s side scored a 4-0 victory over the ACT and 1-0 win over Victoria before drawing to Queensland (0-0), Northern NSW (1-1) and South Australia (0-0).

The performances of the Football NSW Girls teams over the last years has proven to be hugely rewarding in a number of key ways.

The first reward seeing the optimal individual and team player development take its course while secondly the high number of Football NSW and or Institute players being called up for National Teams and National training camps.

Football NSW Women’s Advanced Coach Education Manager Ante Juric was proud and congratulated the team’s efforts.

“We are very proud of these NTC girls and of our elite girl’s programs that we run here at Football NSW.

“Year after year the girls reach higher and higher levels simply by making the most of the opportunity of training with the best players in the state night after night.

“We are at a place where the program is optimally developing players to the highest junior level’s and standards and therefore it is no coincidence we are consistently producing many Young Matildas and Matildas, within every National team cycle.

“A fantastic achievement that we are all proud of.”

FFA Head Coach of the Under 17 Women’s National Team, Rae Dower finalised the 23 players invited to attend the first Junior Matildas Camp with the first camp taking place at Valentine Sports Park (VSP) in Sydney from Tuesday 1st August to Friday 4th August – While a second camp has been organised from Monday 14th of August to Friday 18th of August at the AIS.

There will be a number of NSW players on show with the first camp having the likes of Holly McNamara, Isabel Gomez, Lily Ryan, Jayme Millard, Margaux Chauvet and Taylor Ray all taking part while the second camp will see Angelique Hristodoulou, Tori Tumeth, Gracie Jones, Alyssa Rose, Julia Vignes, Susan Phonsongkam and Amy Sayer all go through their paces with the Girls hoping to impress enough to warrant and Green and Gold jersey.

The AFC U-16 Women’s Championships will take place in Thailand from Sunday 10th September to Saturday 23rd September 2017.