Another new high for MCFC – four very proud owners of a National medal as the U13 Division B National Champions – another first for MCFC and Western Australia.
As reported in the last edition of the MCFC newsletter, MCFC contributed 25% of the U13 Girls State Squad that recently travelled to the National Championships in Coffs Harbour. That 25% being – Sofie Osborne, Sasha Edwards, Kate Grayson and Daniella Simatos, all playing for the 12s mixed Premier team.
The tournament, which attracts all the best U13s & U15s girls from around Australia is an annual event, frequented by over 350 girls. Traditionally WA has not been able to earn the right to play in division A and play their competition in Div B, this year all that changed.
The WA U13 State team not only won the division B group and qualifying for Division A next year but went through the whole girls tournament undefeated, scored 32 goals and only conceded 3, had 8 different players on the scoresheet in one game. These are ALL firsts for a WA State Team. A proud moment for WA Football as a whole.
The 12s Premier Coach, Marcus Edwards who coaches the girls, was at the tournament and said ‘It was a real pleasure to watch the quality of these games, the WA team played a style of football that has been mandated by the FFA for some years now, and Elisa D’Ovidio, the State coach had the team executing the directions in style & well. It was not so much that they won games, it how they won; the quality in their play and decision making was exceptional. I am so very proud of them and the work they have put in since making the final cut” “I should also mention the unsung heroes in all this, the parents, who work so hard and sacrifice much to enable these girls to achieve these highs that they deserve the accolades too, thanks Jacky & Richard, Tania and Rowland, Costa and Cheryl and Carolyn, the girls played the games but you guys made this happen”
These four girls are a product of the last 5 years of football development programs, Football West HPC, State Training, Pro-football and club coaching, all coming from different backgrounds and the main driver being their love of football.
All have played in the very successful Melville’s’ girls teams and are currently with the boys MCFC 12 Premier team. At the elite level this has further honed their development and their ability to influence games, Premier boys is a tough gig!
This view was also stated by Sarah Walsh (ex Matilda) during the medal presentation, where she herself played with boys up until the age of 14 years.
Take a bow girls!!