Fighting their way to win
The Central Otago under-14 girls representative soccer team have come back from the Under-14 Girls South Island Tournament in Christchurch with a strong third place finish. The team, made up of players from Queenstown, Alexandra, Wanaka and Cromwell, fought hard on the first day of competition, beating Canterbury Red 3-2, but lost to North Canterbury 1-0. The second day of competition saw two wins by the team, who beat Nelson 1-0 and South Canterbury 3-0, putting them into the semifinals. However, a tough game against Canterbury Black dispelled their hopes of winning the competition, after the opposition scored a goal in the final minute of the game. The team played off for third and fourth against Canterbury Red and held a onegoal lead throughout the game, but the game was again levelled in the final minutes after Canterbury Red scored, making it a draw. A penalty shoot out followed and Central Otago goal keeper Julia Driehuis, of Alexandra, defended to earn the team a solid third place. Julia’s sister, Chantal Driehuis, earned one of the most sought-after awards at the competition, being named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.