Practice (Almost) Makes Perfect


After a training session remembering how to score goals, it was back out onto the field for WAB grade seven girls. First up was a trip to BSB.

Again, the girls were very excited to be back playing a full fixture, and after a short warm up and team talk, they were out on the field. WAB quickly took a two-goal lead through some excellent passing, moving, and communication. After some first half substitutes, BSB hit back with a couple goals of their own to leave the game finely balanced at half time. The second half started with BSB almost taking the lead, but WAB heads never dropped, and with some clear minds, they bounced back to score some excellent goals in a convincing 4-2 victory.

Over to the weekend, and the final tournament of the year. With 16 squad players, WAB were luckily able to enter two teams; Black and Yellow. Both teams had differing fortunes on a well-organized warm morning at Keystone, with the home side eventually lifting the championship. Yellows started very competitively and took Keystone by surprise by racing into a two goal lead, however, an excellent second half from Keystone lead them to a 5-3 victory. Meanwhile, the Black team, while trying to find their best choice in goal went down by 12 goals to a smart YCIS team. In the second round of games, Yellows picked up a 7-0 win against BSB, while Blacks secured their first goal in a spirited 5-1 loss against HIS.

Excitement started to build for the semi-final stage of the day. Yellow team created lots of chances through the midfield while marking out key players from the opposition in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over YCIS. Meanwhile, Blacks took on their old nemesis in BSB, this time BSB coming out the victors in a 4-0 win. The day all centered on the final, WAB Yellows against their rivals from earlier in the day, Keystone. With the support from the Black team, Yellows were tired yet fired up for their final. Early injuries, which included to goalkeeper Clara, plus a masterful display from Keystone’s captain, took Keystone into a commanding 3-0 early lead. Fatigue started to take over, but the girls fought back in the second half which resulted in a respectful 4-1 score line at the final whistle.

On the podium, both Yellow and Black teams deservedly collected their second-place trophy together and celebrated a great season of soccer. There was still some energy left for karaoke on the bus ride back to WAB, too.