Stars shine with na­tional ti­tle vic­tory

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

LO­CAL girls fea­tured heav­ily in the West Aus­tralian Stars team which is still cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess after tak­ing out the Un­der 15 Girls’ Na­tional Lacrosse ti­tle by de­feat­ing Vic­to­ria’s Fire 10-7.

WA led early with two goals scored by mid­fielder su­per­star Car­rie Som­merville, of Kens­ing­ton, in the open­ing min­utes of the game. Vic­to­ria quickly replied and at half time the score was 5-4 with WA only lead­ing by a goal. In the sec­ond half WA be­gan to break away with Rhi­an­non Pant­ing, Cassie Palmer and Emma Gra­ham com­pletely dom­i­nat­ing the mid­field con­tin­u­ously and tire­lessly sprint­ing the ball out the Vic­to­ria’s at­tack cre­at­ing fast tran­si­tion and easy scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Stars.

In the dy­ing min­utes of the game Vic­to­ria Fire scored a quick cou­ple of goals forc­ing WA to wind down the fi­nal mo­ments, just hold­ing pos­ses­sion of the ball and not at­tack­ing the goals in case this caused a turnover. When the fi­nal siren sounded the WA Stars ex­ploded with ex­cite­ment.

Phoenix Lacrosse Club’s and WA Stars team cap­tain, Emily Wills of Melville was named Most Valu­able Player of the match lead­ing and dom­i­nat­ing WA’s de­fen­sive zone.

Head coach Alana McKin­lay had de­cided when se­lect­ing the WA Stars this would be the last time she would coach the Un­der 15 WA team after four years in job. This last cam­paign proved her hard work has paid off with a Na­tional Ti­tle to her name.

“It was a long process of four years for this to oc­cur and along the way I got the hon­our and priv­i­lege to coach some of the most amaz­ing and tal­ented girls all of which are turn­ing into beau­ti­ful, driven, pas­sion­ate women and this is in­cred­i­ble to see,” McKin­lay said.

“This was my fi­nal team to coach but I hope in those four years I have been able to teach those girls not just lacrosse skills but about lacrosse pas­sion, sports­man­ship, pride, hum­ble­ness, ded­i­ca­tion and con­fi­dence in them­selves.

Many of th­ese young play­ers are in the squad of the Aus­tralian U19 teams vy­ing for se­lec­tion to com­pete at the U19 World Cham­pi­onships in Scot­land next year.

The vic­to­ri­ous WA Stars Un­der 15 girls team.

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