Girls celebrate 222 goal season
Sava Ljubisavljevic feels like the luckiest coach in the world.
At the start of this season he had just six girls from last year’s premiership ready to play in the Coolum Football Club’s under-13s team.
There was the initial uncertainty over what to expect from the newly-formed team. At the end of the season, all expectations have been exceeded with the team notching up an impressive 23-nil score card for the season.
The girls have also kicked 222 goals from early April through to mid September. Their coach believes it was a solid team spirit combined with collective skill that allowed the girls to dominate the field.
“They have a lot of heart, even when they’re down,” he said.
“There’s been a few matches when it’s been tough, but they’ve dug deep and come through.”
The triumphant players are still celebrating their latest in a string of victories after they won the recent Champions Cup on the Gold Coast while playing in the under-14 division.
“From the first game we played the girls gelled, winning 14 to nil. I have great respect for all the girls; when they play, they play for each other and hopefully just a little for me.”
The members of the champion side are Tallarra Garrett, Georgia Harries, Kristen Boshammer, Megan Rowley, Leilani Purchase, Tijana Ljubisavljevic, Claire Glackin, Maddison Hunter, Larissa Crummer, Kahla Mawby, Kasey Furnell, Freya Dodd, Gemma O’Connor, Melina Philpot and Tahla Hammond.
Their latest victory topped off a successful year, but there was a nervous air throughout the championship game.
“We were losing one nil for most of the match, but in the last three minutes the girls scored an equaliser and scored the winning goal in the last minute,” Mr Ljubisavljevic said.
The coach said with no reserves and no set goal keeper, players from lower grades often stepped up to fill in the numbers.
“Sometimes we would bring the girls up to fill the numbers when the games didn’t clash with theirs.
“I am truly the luckiest coach in the world to have a team like these charismatic girls, even though I have gained a few extra grey hairs coaching them.
“I am looking forward to taking this team into the under-15 age group next year and aiming for a third premiership for our Coolum girls.”
The team has thanked all sponsors and managers Steve Mawby and Damian Garrett for help during the season.