Vics stick to their guns
National Youth Championships Day Four
It was a very rough day for Victoria at the National Youth Championships, with both teams suffering at the hands of the powerful NSW Metro.
While scores didn’t go their way the girls conducted themselves excellently, never letting their heads drop and doing their best to stick to the FFA National Curriculum style of play.
The Under 14 Girls were on the back foot from the outset, going two goals down within six minutes. The Vics managed to get some rhythm going but still conceded a further two goals before Edith Fordyce-Croker pulled a goal back for Victoria following some good lead up play.
NSW Metro scored again after the break to make it 5-1 but Victoria hit back straight away through Tamara Balmaceda.
Victoria conceded again soon after, but did very well to keep their opponents scoreless for the final 20 minutes to keep the game at 6-2.
Like the Under 14s, the Under 15 Girls did their best to stick to the National Curriculum style of play.
While NSW Metro have some very talented players, their general style of play was disappointing, with long balls generally utilised where possible rather than controlled passing out from the back.
The Vics started positively with a few chances on goal before NSW Metro hit their straps and established an insurmountable lead.
To the girls’ credit they kept to the system of trying to play the ball out from the back and establish possession in midfield, despite the score.
Friday will see the Under 14 Girls take on group leaders Queensland while the Under 15 Girls have an exhibition match against Football West.
Following these matches an All-Star team will be announced for each age group who will play against the group champions in a special exhibition match.
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Also check out ‘Stocky’s Scribbles’ for an in-depth look at the Under 15 team from a travelling parent.