WINNERS: The Coolum under-16 girls team caused an upset in the grand final.
WINNERS: The Coolum under-16 girls team caused an upset in the grand final. Contributed

Coolum has reason to celebrate soccer season

FOOTBALL: Coolum may not have had a team in the Sunshine Coast's premier men's competition this year but they certainly made an impact in the junior ranks.

The club's under-16 girls team relished their season, winning their grand final.

At the start of the season, the side set a goal to finish in the top four on the ladder, with Shane Kidby as coach.

The team embarked on a strong campaign, reaching the finals before earning a berth in the decider.

It was the first grand final for all players in the team, according to the club.

The Dolphins then edged ladder leader Buderim 4-3 in extra time in a thrilling decider at Sunshine Coast Stadium. It was a remarkable outing for the side, especially considering Wanderers had been unbeaten all season.

"The players have shown 100% commitment and focus this year and their teamwork has been an inspiration to all junior players at the club," club secretary Emma Barraclough said in an email to the Daily.

"The team performed exceptionally well all season."

The girls celebrated with a beach soccer and surfing day and the players "are already discussing plans for next year as the team moves up into the senior women's division".

Barraclough said several of them are exploring soccer scholarship options overseas to combine their sporting passion with further education. The Coolum Football Club expects substantial future growth as the club focuses on the development of girls and women's football next year.


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