The Hills Sports High School girls football team are NSW state champions after overcoming Westfield Sports High in a nailbiter on Wednesday.
The Errea Trophy was won after a tense match that needed a golden-goal winner from Hills’ student Tara Pender in extra time.
After the 2-1 victory, Hills Sports High girls team coach, Alen Stajcic said this was a great year because of the depth in the squad.
‘‘We had quite a few injuries to senior players this year who couldn’t play for most of the year,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s probably the first time we’ve had good depth in the school program in a while and had people coming through doing very well for us all year.’’
The calibre of teams in this competition makes it a very special one to win for Hills Sports High and Stajcic is in a great position to make that assessment, as coach of the W-League team at Sydney FC,
‘‘It was the tightest competition for a few years,’’ Stajcic said.
‘‘Westfield Sports High and Hunter Sports High both had very strong teams and players who will be in the W-league.’’
‘‘Our team was playing against the calibre of teams with national team players in them.’’
Without wanting to put certain players above the rest of the group, Stajcic said there were a couple of great performances over the length the of competition.
‘‘Eliza Ammendolia had a big year in the team. She was voted player of the tournament in the national titles playing for NSW, which means she was basically voted the best player in the country for her age.’’ Stajcic said.
‘‘Forward Tara Pender has had a really good year,’’ Stajcic said.
Pender has been rewarded with selection into the NSW All Schools squad that will play in the he national championships taking place in Blacktown and Glenwood starting Sunday, August 24.