GRAET RUN: The Lismore Thistles Girls Grade 16 team comprises Paul Albertini (coach), Caitlyn Albertini, Meg Harding, Bella Smith, Belinda Pirlo, Carly Gaggin, Carlee Winkler-Harding, Claudia Hewett, Kalani Varcoe, Ashley McGuiness, Nat Brooker, Nicole Webster, Madeline Nilon, Ella Noble, Lucy Standish and Olivia Van Baarsen.
GRAET RUN: The Lismore Thistles Girls Grade 16 team comprises Paul Albertini (coach), Caitlyn Albertini, Meg Harding, Bella Smith, Belinda Pirlo, Carly Gaggin, Carlee Winkler-Harding, Claudia Hewett, Kalani Varcoe, Ashley McGuiness, Nat Brooker, Nicole Webster, Madeline Nilon, Ella Noble, Lucy Standish and Olivia Van Baarsen.

Thistles girls defy red card to continue undefeated streak

FIVE undefeated seasons and a thrilling grand final win in extra-time capped another big year for the Lismore Thistles Girls Grade 16 team.

They played in their sixth consecutive grand final on Sunday and defeated Woodburn 4-1.

It was a big effort considering they had a player red-carded early and played most of the game with 10 on the field.

They finished with a flurry, scoring three goals in extra-time.

"The girls showed a lot of spirit to play 60-odd minutes with a player down," coach and club president Paul Albertini said.

"They were definitely tired and out on their feet by extra-time and it showed a lot of courage."

The team first came together six years ago as a group of 10-year-olds who were playing against girls two years older than them in under-12s.

In the past five years they have been undefeated with only a couple of draws along the way. They have added new players and have a squad of 15.

"The girls don't take it too seriously, but they do love the game," Albertini said.

"They can put it all

together on the day and they've done that for a number of years now.

"You can't really single any particular players out because they play so well as a team."



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