Stars shine with national title victory
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.