Striker positive despite defeat
LULU Herchenroder's football fever remains strong despite seeing her Trinity Catholic College Lismore's side's dreams of cup glory snuffed out.
The 13-year-old was part of the Trinity side beaten 2-0 by a talented Hunter Sports High side in the quarter-finals of the under-15 Bill Turner Trophy for girls.
Striker Lulu took up the sport about eight years ago, following in the footsteps of older sister and keen player Holly.
Despite yesterday's loss, the year eight student, who plays with Bangalow's juniors, said she was keen to stick with the sport.
"It is great fun," she said.
"You get to learn new skills and it keeps you fit.
"You meet new people as well.
"I love the fitness benefits and the co-ordination skills that it helps with.
"I love it all."
Trinity put up a brave effort against strong opponents in yesterday's contest, which was played at its home St Mary's Oval.
The talented visitors took the match courtesy of two well-taken goals from Alice Munro.
"It was really tough," Lulu said. "They were a strong team all-round.
"I think we've done well in this tournament because we get along as a team. We have a range of players from year seven to year 10.
"We play well as a team and learn new skills all together."
Midfielder Keea Parrish caught the eye with a hard-working display for the Lismore side, which reached the latter stages of the competition after earlier winning the FNC tournament.
Hunter now progresses to the semi-finals of the event, which featured scores of teams from across the east coast.
Team coach Ashley Wilson said she was "extremely happy" with her charges' efforts.
"The girls are so passionate about playing and really want to get to the finals," she said.
"We have a lot of talented players - girls who are playing at elite levels for their age group or who have been on development pathways.
"You know when you come to regional areas that the teams you face will be passionate and put you under pressure. That's what they did. "I'm extremely happy with the win."