Alstonville wins State CHS title
ALSTONVILLE High School's open girls soccer team has won the State Combined High Schools (CHS) title.
The team won through to the final against Burwood Girls High with wins over Caringbah High (2-1), St Mary's Senior College (2-0) and Kurri Kurri High (1-1 full-time; 5-4 in penalty shootout).
Striker Hannah Sheehan said the first half of the final against Burwood was 'pretty full-on'.
Both sides were evenly matched in the first half, with neither giving any ground.
“We held more possession but Burwood couldn't capitalise on their scoring opportunities,” Hannah said.
The score was nil-all at half-time.
But then Burwood scored seven minutes into the second half, despite goalkeeper Dannielle Creighton's valiant efforts in holding off several sustained attacks.
The Alstonville team responded with a goal by Hazel Flanagan, who found the back of the net after getting on the end of a cross.
With 12 minutes to go, Alstonville captain Brooke Sheehan sent a long ball to Camille Oeding, who scored the winner.
With the score 2-1, both sides squandered several opportunities.
The team's coach Norm Tunnicliff said he was over the moon with the girls' performance.
“Their comeback from 1-0 down was sensational,” he said.
“They persisted, equalised and came away with a well-deserved win. Throughout the tournament they have been committed, gelling well and playing accordingly.”
The player of the final was the goalkeeper Dannielle.
The team travelled from Alstonville to Coolangatta to fly to Sydney for the finals.
“A lot of thanks must go to their weekend coaches, in particular Rob Sheehan,” Tunnicliff said.
“These people have taught them the skills necessary to win. Thanks also to sponsors Alstonville Football Club, Flynns Transport, The Woolmen and YAXI Community Taxi.”