THE Narooma Youth Girls travelled to Batemans Bay on Sunday to meet Broulee in the Eurobodalla Football Association grand final. The team knew it would be a tough game, with the semi-final against Broulee going to a penalty shoot-out. The girls hoped the stress levels would be less in this game and so did the spectators, but it was not to be.
The game see-sawed between the teams for a lot of the first half, but then Broulee got the scoring underway. The Narooma girls didn’t put their heads down and Kallista soon replied with a great chip off the goalie just on half time.
Narooma began strongly in the second half, with Maddi scoring an important goal off the woodwork before Narooma threw everything into defence, but about 15 minutes later Broulee scored with a messy goal.
With the clock ticking down, extra time became inevitable with the score locked at 2-2.
During extra time both teams had their chances but failed to score and after 20 minutes once again it was down to a penalty shoot-out. Luckily, Narooma had spent a lot of time practising their shots at training and bravely Kallista, Lily, Renee, Jaydean and Kat stepped up to the mark to take the penalties for Narooma.
Broulee went first and scored, only just, with Ashley nearly saving it with a great dive to the right. Kallista went first for Narooma and buried her shot in the back of the net.
Broulee went over the top with their next shot, and then Lily coolly scored for Narooma.
Broulee scored off their next shot, but Renee kept her head and scored for Narooma.
Next up Broulee wasted their shot, going wide, and the grand final win was down to Jaydean. She showed a lot of composure stepping up to the mark and confidently put the ball in the back of the net.
There was a moment’s silence before the ref blew the whistle and Narooma could celebrate their well-deserved win.
“Congratulations go to all the girls in the team, as they have trained and played so hard this season,” coach Julian Armstrong said.
“They have worked together throughout and every one of them contributed to the team becoming both Minor and Major Premiers in the Eurobodalla,” he said.
“Congratulations to Renee Lavis, Maddi Carruthers, Jaydean Lonsdale- Patten, Ashley Walpole, Kayla Middlemiss, Chloe Nicholson, Abby Stokes, Kora Daley, Sarah Alderton, Elizabeth Halsey, Kallista Shatrov, Lilly Bennett, Katrina Salter and Niamh Armstrong,” Julian said.
The girl’s all agreed that it was well done coach Julian Armstrong and a big thank you goes to the team sponsors FunkiFadz, Narooma Sign Art and Narooma Sporting and Services Club.