Junior soccer teams on fire at country carnival

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

BORDER girls representative teams have dominated the Victorian Country Championships.

The AWFA teams won all three age divisions — under-12, under-14 and under-16.

In all they played 17 games — winning 16, drawing one, scoring 84 goals and conceding just six.

The youngest age division did not have a goal scored against it for the entire three-day carnival in Bendigo.

Association president and under-16 coach Craig McDonald said it was testament to a long-held belief of having well-qualified coaches.

“We are strong in girls and boys and that goes back to an emphasis on having coaches who know what they are talking about — and are qualified,” he said.

“There is no doubt our sides are better organised — they have been taught the right way to play from day one.

“That was a decision made long before I was involved but there is no doubt that we are reaping its rewards now.

“This is like against like — regional teams from across the state and we simply dominated.

“The toughest competition was in the under-16s, who drew 1-1 with Geelong and then came from behind to beat Bendigo 2-1 in the final.

“Our mantra is to be the best regional association in country NSW and country Victoria.”