Tamworth U13 girls give titles their best shot

TAMWORTH’S 13s girls acquitted themselves well at the State Championships in Orange on the weekend, with the As just missing out on the Division 1 semi-finals and the Bs finishing third in Division 3.

They lost their semi-final to Parramatta yesterday morning 1-nil.

The As were undefeated for the weekend and finished with a 1-all draw with Newcastle.

“That was our theme for the weekend,” coach Steve Littlejohns said.

Their results couldn’t have mirrored each other more.

“We had four 1-all draws out of our five games,” Littlejohns said.

The other they won 2-nil.

Littlejohns was really happy with the girls’ efforts.

“Every game they played they got better,” he said.

They just couldn’t score. That’s what hurt them in the end.

Several of their drawn games they dominated.

The highlight was probably their 1-all draw with Macarthur on Saturday night.

No-one had really got close to them, Littlejohns said.

“We came out and absolutely dominated them,” he said.

“We had a game plan and the girls stuck to it.

“We just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

The B division was similarly close and the Tamworth girls  had to wait for the results of the last game between Macarthur and Wagga to see if they made the top four.

They were a bit injury-depleted for the semi, with Ash Chaffey and Olivia Climpson both picking up injuries, but played an exciting game, coach Lyn Bagster said.

“The game seesawed from end to end with both sides squandering some chances,” Bagster said.

“Eventually Parramatta scored a lucky goal and our gallant B side went down 1-nil.”

They had started their campaign with two wins, beating Bathurst 4-nil and Wagga Wagga 1-nil.

She said every player in the side showed vast improvement throughout the carnival and she made particular mention of Climpson, Isabel Cameron and Tanisha Donnelly.

Captain Giaan White also displayed exemplary leadership skills all weekend. 

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