SOUTHERN Branch under 16s capped off a massive week of football on Sunday when they played in their state league grand final in Sydney.
This was with the vast majority of their players backing up from playing for Country Southern at the Football NSW state titles, which were held at Shoalhaven Heads from Monday to Friday.
While they were defeated 1-nil by Western NSW, they still had a very successful week, having won the country division at the state titles and finishing fourth overall.
Southern under 16s player Samara Wehmeyer said they were very happy with what they have achieved.
“We decided we were going to put all our effort into winning the country championship, even though we had the grand final to play on Sunday.
“There’s always a country rivalry, so we were really pleased to be able to win that.”
It was the first time the Shoalhaven has hosted the event and Samara said it was a great opportunity for them to play in front of their home crowd.
“When we found out it was at Heads and not Dubbo, we were all really excited,” she said.
“There were a lot of supporters and we got to show the other teams how nice the coast is.”
Samara is still eligible to play in the under 14s, despite electing to play for the 16s and she said it was really nice to see them do so well.
“All three teams stayed together during the week and we were really happy with the under 14s.
“We’re really proud to have two teams finish as country champions.”
While they were defeated in their grand final on Sunday, Samara said it was a great effort just to play nine games in seven days.
“We had planned to win the minor premiership, which we were lucky enough to do that and it really was a privilege just to be there.
“We showed all the metro teams up and we’re all friends with the Western girls, so if we could’ve lost to any team, we’re happy it was them.”