Foot­ballers score Blues recog­ni­tion

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

Two lo­cal Foot­ball Ferns have net­ted them­selves New Zealand Univer­si­ties Blues awards.

Mid-field gen­eral Priscilla Dun­can and striker Zoe Thompson will be recog­nised on Fri­day at North Har­bour Sta­dium for com­bin­ing their aca­demic achieve­ments with sport­ing prow­ess in 2007.

The pair join 47 other ath­letes who picked up an award, in­clud­ing New Zealand team-mate Alice Tegg from East­ern Sub­urbs. While Thompson’s Three Kings United side had the week­end off, Dun­can was help­ing her West­ern Springs col­leagues ex­tend their ad­van­tage at the top of the North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League to six points. They ac­counted for Glen­field Rovers 3-0 at Sed­don Fields.

Jamie Hack­ett took full ad­van­tage of a com­edy of er­rors to open the scor­ing in the 14th minute, while nine min­utes later Re­becca O’Neill sent home a header to put the home side firmly in front at 2-0.

Dun­can was de­nied a goal just be­fore half­time when Abby Erceg fouled an op­po­nent, but 12 min­utes from time Re­nee Leota made the game safe with a thump­ing header.

Next week­end is dom­i­nated by the Na­tional Women’s Knock­out Cup, with Lynn-Avon United and East­ern Sub­urbs go­ing head to head at Ken Maun­der Park, while West­ern Springs en­ter­tain Waiuku at Sed­don Fields.

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