With over 60 teams competing in the Youth Girls Cup for 2013, Park Ridge has finished as winners of the Senior Division with Lourdes Hill College winning the Junior Division.
The Senior Division finals held on Tuesday at Yeronga JAFC had teams from all over South-East Queensland with Mountain Creek SHS representing the Sunshine Coast, St Michaels College from the Gold Coast, regulars St Ursula’s College from the Darling Downs, Park Ridge SHS from Brisbane West, Victoria Point SHS representing Brisbane South-East and Kedron SHS from Brisbane North.
With Mountain Creek SHS attempting to defend their title from 2012, all schools were out to ensure they made it as hard as possible for the Creekers. With all schools playing in the spirit of the game, Victoria Point SHS and St Michaels College both fought to the final siren in the Pool games to finish without a win a drop out of the Premiership race. Kedron SHS, under the tutelage of coach Ross Clayfield managed a tight win over Mountain Creek to progress through to the final after a depleted St Ursula’s College couldn’t keep up with the well drilled Park Ridge SHS.
The Senior final was a low scoring affair with both teams desperate to prevent any scoring with the ball struggling to get into the forward lines of either team. Some ferocious tackling by both teams caused plenty of lost ball and turnovers with Park Ridge’s experience of playing together for the past few years wearing down Kedron SHS to get them over the line at the final siren. With consistent performances from the Park Ridge girls particularly club players Jade Ransfield, Moana Taukamo, Stephanie Le & captain Renee King, the umpire went with utility and club player Tess Cooper from Kedron SHS as best on ground.
The Junior Division was also well contested with Caloundra SHS making it through to the final day for the first time and possibly being a favourite despite Lourdes Hill College & Grace Lutheran College’s form in the recent Brisbane School Girls Sporting Association (BSGSA) competition over the past 5 weeks. With only 5 teams in the Youth Girls Junior Division draw, all teams played each other once with the winner determined by points. Caloundra SHS were beaten by Lourdes Hill College by 2 goals to finish second to the eventual winners. Park Ridge SHS finished third on 6 points, Faith Lutheran College fourth on 4 points and Grace Lutheran College 5th on 2 points (after a draw in the final game against Park Ridge). Congratulations to Bella from Lourdes Hill who was adjudged the Best on Ground in the Junior Division by Match Managers and umpires for the day.
Congratulations to all schools involved and we look forward to seeing plenty of the players playing in the Youth Girls Club Competitions starting in April & May on Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & in Brisbane.