Albury United’s record-breaking trio of under 14 girls have returned home after a hugely successful campaign at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour last week.
Zarlie Goldsworthy, Piper Lockley-Hinschen and Lisa Cary helped NSW Country to a second place finish in their pool.
NSW Country defeated South Australia 1-0 in its crossover game to start the tournament, before posting a 3-2 win over Football West in the first of its pool games with Goldsworthy and Cary scoring goals.
Both Lockley-Hinschen and Cary found the back of the net in the side’s 4-2 loss to eventual winners Capital Football the next day.
NSW Country finished the tournament very strongly on the final two days with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Tasmania, including another goal to Lockley-Hinschen, before a 2-0 triumph against Northern Territory to secure second place.
Albury United senior women’s coach Tony Cigana said the girls’ achievement is a credit to the club, AWFA and everyone involved in getting them to this stage.
“They bring it back to the club and it makes it better for the girls at the club because they see the direction they’re going and want to go and participate,” Cigana said.
“It’s great for girls football and the fact we’ve got three from the same club is a milestone in itself.”