League win for Baldivis Under-17 soccer girls

David SalvaireSound Telegraph
Baldivis Soccer Club Under 17 girls hold the 2017 league championship trophy.
Camera IconBaldivis Soccer Club Under 17 girls hold the 2017 league championship trophy. Credit: Dave Warner

The Baldivis Soccer Club Under-17 girls side penned the final chapter of their rags-to-riches story last month, taking out the league championship in dramatic fashion.

After finishing third in the regular season, the girls knocked out second-placed Subiaco AFC in the semi-final with a 2-1 victory.

They faced league favourites Quinns FC in the grand final and the match finished 1-1, sending the game into a penalty shootout.

The girls held their nerve in the big dance to put the first trophy in the new clubhouse cabinet for the Baldivis soccer organisation.

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Coach Dave Warner said he was extremely proud of the girls’ effort.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said.

“They’re a great bunch of girls and they’re very disciplined with their preparation and the way they play.

“We just seemed to hit our straps at the right time of the season.”

Warner alongside fellow coach John Leigh helped bring the fledgling side to their first premiership this season.

The team’s debut was in 2015 and although they lost every game, they came off the field “with a smile on their faces”.

Last year they fell agonisingly short after losing the grand final.

This year the girls continued their form by finishing second in two regional tournaments, in Australind and Bunbury.

Last weekend at the CCJSA Tournament in Bunbury, they were up against CCJSA - a team made up from the best players of 10 clubs within the greater Bunbury region.

With the success of Western Australia’s own Samantha Kerr playing for Glory Women and the Matildas, the club is hoping to encourage more girls to take up soccer at the grassroots level.

Next season Baldivis SC are hoping to field an Under-13 and Under-15 girls team as well as the U17’s. For more information email baldivissoccerclub@hotmail.com.

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