Grand final win was nice, but soccer is about friendship

CELEBRATION TIME: Lismore Thistles grade 15 women’s football coach Paul Albertini (back row, far left) and players after capturing 2013 grand final success.
CELEBRATION TIME: Lismore Thistles grade 15 women’s football coach Paul Albertini (back row, far left) and players after capturing 2013 grand final success. Stuart Turner

FORGET the goals and the titles - Claudia Hewett plays football for reasons closer to her heart.

The 15-year-old skippered her Lismore Thistles side to a stunning victory in the recent grade 15 Football FNC grand final.

The Trinity Catholic College Lismore student helped her team defeat its Casino Cobras counterparts 7-2 to seal the crown.

While delighted with the triumph, Claudia, who has been playing the sport since she was five, said she enjoyed football's simpler pleasures.

"It's just the friendship and being part of a team effort," she said. "I just like the enthusiasm of all our players. It's just a great game to play."

Claudia said she was happy to be part of the Thistles club, which has a handy record at junior level in recent years.

"I think it is just what we do in training," she said. We all work hard and it pays off.

"I just like everything about the game. It's just good fun."

Meanwhile, keen girl and boys hoping to improve their soccer skills can still register for a forthcoming course.

The 2014 Football FNC Skills Camp will offer players top tuition and

Girls born between 1999 and 2001 and Boys born between 1999 and 2002 are welcome to the camp, which will be held at Lismore's St John's College Woodlawm.

Top coaches will oversee the scheme, which takes place in January.



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