Fight­ing their way to win

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The Cen­tral Otago un­der-14 girls rep­re­sen­ta­tive football team has 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. They beat Can­ter­bury Red 3-2, but lost to North Can­ter­bury 1-0. The sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion saw the Cen­tral Otago team notch up two wins, beat­ing Nel­son 1-0 and South Can­ter­bury 3-0. That was enough to place the team in 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. Cen­tral Otago then played off for third and fourth against Can­ter­bury Red and held a one-goal lead throughout the game, but the game was lev­elled in the fi­nal min­utes af­ter Can­ter­bury Red scored. A penalty shoot out fol­lowed and Cen­tral Otago goal keeper Ju­lia Driehuis, from Alexan­dra, de­fended Can­ter­bury’s at­tempts at goal to earn the team third place. Ju­lia’s sis­ter, Chan­tal Driehuis, earned one of the most sought-af­ter awards at the com­pe­ti­tion, the Most Valu­able Player of the tour­na­ment.

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