Green Island girls excel in football tournament

Winning lineup . . . The Green Island 12th grade girls football team celebrates after winning its section of the Alan Fraser memorial tournament in Kaiapoi last month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Green Island’s 12th grade girls football team conceded just two goals on its way to winning a South Island tournament.

The team won its section of the Alan Fraser Memorial tournament, held in Kaiapoi last month.

Green Island Junior Football Club committee member Vicky McLeod, whose daughter Brooklyn was team captain, said the players were ecstatic over the win.

The team was put together about a month before the tournament, and had not played as a unit until their first round robin game.

“Some of them didn’t even know each other before joining.

“The first game they played as a team they won 6-0.”

The team was unbeaten in all six games.

On the first day, it beat Ferrymead, Cashmere Tech Gold and Nomads in round robin matches, then played Cashmere Tech Blue and Waimak in the semi-finals on day two.

It met Cashmere Tech Blue again in the final, which went down to a penalty shootout after it was 1-1 at full time. Each team got five attempts at goal.

“They were still even, so it went one for one.

“We got another two each and then we saved one and then got the next one.”

The team’s goalie, Cassidy Moore, had never played in that position before, and received the Golden Glove award and was named most valuable player.

McLeod said the team was pleased to win their section.

“They just gelled really well as a team and hit the field and knew exactly what to do.

“They didn’t look ahead or think about what was coming up. They just played their game, but they were ecstatic after every result.”

The team conceded only two goals during the tournament, she said.

“[They] played with their hearts and have done the club proud.”