THE hard work to develop the girls football (soccer) program at Narrabri West Pubic School is paying off, with the open girls’ team reaching Monday’s North West regional final of the State PSSA Girls’ Football Knockout against Guyra Public School.
Narrabri West has had some huge scores so far, winning 9-nil against Narrabri Public, 14-nil against Wee Waa Public and 9-nil against Tenterfield’s Sir Henry Parkes.
The girls are coached by teacher Sarah Smith and her husband Scott.
“They haven’t been easy games but we’ve had the same girls in the team since they were in Year 3 and now they’re in year six,” Sarah Smith said.
Three of Narrabri girls, Cassidy Morley, Clariese Ryman, Jessica Kelly, have represented North West and most of the others play Saturday soccer.
“They’re our leaders, but in our team everyone pulls their weight,” Smith said.
“We train once a week on Fridays but some also play together for Narrabri soccer and the rep girls are always going to Tamworth or Armidale for training.”
It’s a sporty bunch of kids, with most turning their focus to cricket once the soccer season is finished.
“They’ve all got natural sporting ability – it doesn’t matter what sport it is,” Smith said.
Guyra had a forfeit from Martin’s Gully Public before beating Ben Venue Public, Armidale City Public and Tamworth Public on their way to today’s final.
The girls have been training well and hope to repeat the success of their 2010 team, which were regional champions.
“We’ve got a mix of girls who have played since they were five and some who have never played at all,” coach Eunice Blair said.
“We only have about 18 girls to pick from, so we’ve taken 15 Year 6 girls.
“The boys seem to think they can give the girls tips but the girls know what they’re doing.”
n Meanwhile the Northern Inland Football Premier League stages its 19th and penultimate round across the Northern Inland today.
Northern Conference competition leaders Joeys FC tackle last-placed East Armidale at the Inverell Sporting Complex today in a NC double header also including South Armidale and Moree FC. Demon Knights play North Armidale at Rologas 2, Armidale while the PL’s Southern Conference has two games – North Companions at home to Gunnedah Hotel Hawks and Gunnedah United hosting Oxley Vale Attunga.
NIF PL TABLES: NORTHERN
CONFERENCE Tamworth FC 38, OVA 30, North Companions 29, Gunnedah United 13, Gunnedah Hotel Hawks 8, Narrabri Cougars 3. NORTHERN
CONFERENCE: Joeys FC 39, North Companions 38, South Armidale 28, Moree FC 28, Demon Knights 24, Guyra United 16, East Armidale 5.