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His­toric win for Fin­ley youth girls team

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Fin­ley Wild­cats made his­tory on Sun­day as the first youth girls foot­ball team from the South­ern Rive­rina to win a premier­ship.

The Wild­cats de­feated Shep­par­ton United by 20 points in the Shep­par­ton and District Ju­nior Foot­ball League Youth Girls grand fi­nal, played on United’s home turf at Deakin Re­serve.

The Wild­cats were able to avenge their grand fi­nal loss to Shep­par­ton Notre in 2017 by taking the 2018 flag.

The star of the game for the Wild­cats was Eloise Ash­leyCooper who kicked the first goal and went on to be named best on ground.

De­spite a lev­eller from United, the Wild­cats were able to kick away in the first quar­ter with goals from Sammy Rourke and Mikayla Jones. It en­abled them to take a 16 point lead into quar­ter time.

The only goal for the sec­ond quar­ter came from United, bring­ing the score to 3.7 (25) to 2.0 (12) in favour of the Wild­cats at half time.

The only goal in the sec­ond half came from the boot of the league’s lead­ing goal kicker Olivia Ci­col­ini.

De­spite a lit­tle bit of in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing in front of goal, the strong start by Fin­ley proved the dif­fer­ence.

Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 4.9 (33) to Shep­par­ton 2.1 (13).

Among the best for Fin­ley were Dora Miaoudis, Lily Sharp, Hay­ley Doohan, Mikayla Jones, Holly Robin­son and Paris Crel­ley.

Wild­cats coach Jorja Daniel said she was im­pressed with the team per­for­mance.

She said she only needed to use last year’s loss as in­spi­ra­tion at three quar­ter time.

‘‘You could have tossed a coin for best on ground between Dora and Eloise,’’ Daniel said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one played a part in the game and it might have been as sim­ple as taking a big mark at some stage.

‘‘It was a great ef­fort con­sid­er­ing Shep­par­ton United had a strong con­tin­gency of fans there.

‘‘The win is fan­tas­tic for women’s foot­ball in the area; the girls are fan­tas­tic and some of them come from De­niliquin, Ber­ri­gan, Jer­ilderie, Hay and Lee­ton.

‘‘This win shows what the girls can do and hope­fully in­spires more young girls to join.

‘‘Maybe one day we can form our own league so we don’t need to travel so far most weeks.’’

Daniel thanked Paul Evans, Cam Isedale, Jodie Ci­col­ini, the Fin­ley Foot­ball Club and the play­ers for a great sea­son.

The Wild­cats team mem­bers cel­e­brat­ing the win in the rooms af­ter the match.

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