WA girls shine in NTC Challenge

The NTC girls in Canberra. Photo: Football West News

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Coach Jessine Bonzas praised the conduct of the WA players on and off the pitch after they performed admirably in the National Training Centre Challenge at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

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Eight WA players were identified as among the best in the country after two days of inter-state challenges.

Players from all states were then put in mixed teams and competed in two additional days of matches.

“It was a really successful trip and the players were fantastic all week on and off the field,” Bonzas said.

“To have eight players involved in the top four (mixed) teams is fanstastic for the girls and for the game in WA.

“The main purpose of the trip was talent identification and the girls were excellent during the Challenge.”

The identified girls were Roisin Connolly, Emily Henderson, Gabby Dal Busco, Ellie La Monte, Abbey Meakins, Lexie Moreno, Steffi Nadilo and Alyssa Van Heurck.

On day one, Schofield’s goal turned out to be the winner in WA’s 1-0 success against Victoria in a positive opening match.

The players backed up that performance with a 4-0 win over Northern Territory with Schofield again finding the net. Meakins scored twice and Connolly was also on target.

On day two, WA showed promising signs in a 1-1 draw against South Australia. Schofield was on target again, scoring her third goal in four matches.

WA were unable to continue their unbeaten streak, going down 1-0 to ACT in a match described by Bonzas as a good learning experience.

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The girls get ready to play. Photo: Football West News