Bill Turner Trophy – Semi Finals

September 6, 2011

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Written by Greg Danvers and Ray Sandell on Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Westfields Sports High are the first team through to the Bill Turner Trophy for Girls final after a 1-0 win over Brisbane’s Cavendish Road State High.

Westfields will now contest their ninth Bill Turner Trophy final. The big question can they make now make it nine wins from nine finals and four consecutive victories.

Sydney’s west based sports high school have won the Bill Turner Trophy in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009 and 2010. They have won the Bill Turner Trophy three consecutive times on two occasions (1999-2001 and 2008-2010) and this year could become the first school to win the title on four consecutive occasions.

Hunter Sports High will play Westfields in the Bill Turner Trophy final after a 2-0 win over Canberra’s Daramalan College.

Hunter Sports High had previously contested four Bill Turner Trophy finals – winning in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and runners-up in 2008.

Match Reports and Results:

Semi-finals played at Jack McLaughlin Field, Edgeworth on Tuesday 6 September, 2011

S/F 1: Westfields Sports High (NSW) 1 (Rhianna Pollicina 13m) bt Cavendish Road State High (QLD)
By Ray Sandell

The first half of the first girl’s semi final turned out to be a half where an effervescent Westfield Sports attack competed against a dour Cavendish Road defence.
Cavendish Road, however, had the first two early chances when on both occasions the Westfield goalkeeper Jessica Urquhart was cleverly lobbed, but the first shot was cleared off the goal line and the second hit the crossbar!

Westfield’s first chance came in the 15th minute when they attacked down the middle and the ball ended up with Rhianna Pollicina who shot from the edge of the penalty area. Pollicina threaded the ball under the diving body of Cavendish Road ‘keeper Sky Jensen.

Westfield continued to attack for the remainder of the first half but the halftime whistle came with no addition to the 1-0 scoreline.

The second half saw a revitalised Cavendish Road who took over the role of attackers but despite a number of goal scoring opportunities failed to find the elusive equaliser.

Westfield Sports was served well by Rhianna Polliciina and Lauren Featherstone, whilst Emily Dunn and Claire Urquhart-Watson starred for Cavendish Road.

S/F2: Hunter Sports High (NSW) 2 (Shana Stopp 43m, Jemma House 49m) bt Daramalan College (ACT) 0
By Ray Sandell

The second girl’s semi final followed the trend of the first game with one team dominating, that being Hunter Sports High, to such an extent that their goalkeeper, Ashley Sweetman, only touched the ball once in the first half!

On the few occasions that Daramalan College did get into the Hunter half they were thwarted by a dominant defence in which Isabel Lauina starred.
The second half saw Daramalan come back into the game and cause Hunter a few problems, but as then game progressed it was obvious that Daramalan were tiring, and Hunter took advantage attacking down the middle and the ball went to Shana Stopp who ran into the penalty area unmarked and side footed the ball past an advancing Daramalan goal keeper to open the scoring.

Seven minutes later Hunter put the result out of doubt when Jemma House steered the ball into the net following a corner kick.

For Hunter Sports High, Tulia Pallozzi and Shana Stopp had outstanding games up front whilst Dalamaran were well served by Lauren Keir and Lucy Doble.


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