Following a very successful Bill Turner football carnival earlier this term, our U15 girls progressed to the regional semifinals with a home-field advantage against St Ursula’s College.
On a stormy day, with a rain-soaked field, the game went ahead as planned, but the conditions were not conducive to great football, which we knew. In a scrappy first half, Glennie held on by sheer grit and determination. Long ball and two touches were the only way to avoid the onslaught of St Ursula’s in the second half.
A skilful goal by Sophie Bridger was soon cancelled out by an equally impressive shot by St Ursula’s to even the score at 1-1. Captain Keely Thorn steadied the girls and continued to dig deep and put her body on the line with each tackle.
The rain could not drown out the cheer squad, or dampen our spirits as we battled to hold on to the 1-1 scoreline despite impressive attempts on goal at each end.
The conditions worsened throughout the match and we were forced into a penalty shoot-out at full time, with weather conditions and impending darkness cancelling out the possibility of extra time.
With Nikita Wilson in goal for us, we were confident and focused. Her preparation as the SWQ Thunder Keeper would surely go in our favour!
Thanks to the challenging conditions and poor light, both teams took some wayward shots. We persevered even when we trailed behind St Ursula’s. The shootout was nearly lost, but a fantastic save by Nikita and a convincing last shot by Ava Tate secured the contest at 5-4 to Glennie.
What an amazing effort by the young Glennie footballers. Onto Warwick for the Regional finals against Assumption College.
Mrs Susan Watts
Head of House - Tufnell
Football and Futsal Coordinator