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Girls rule, ok

Saturday, 18th May, 2013

The all-girls St Joes Angels team are taking on the competition in the Under 12 grade. The all-girls St Joes Angels team are taking on the competition in the Under 12 grade.

By Darrin Manuel

There’s a new team in junior soccer, and they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty.

A new all-girls team known as The Angels was recently formed by St Joes in the Under 12’s division after the club was flooded with new players.

The girls may be Angels by name, but coach Doug Coff said they have as much fire as the boys once the game begins.

“They’re not scared of the boys, when they go in for tackles they’re giving as good as they’re getting,” said Mr Coff.

“In a mixed team the guys sort of rule the roost, and the girls tend to stand back a bit and let the guys get the ball.

“But in an all girls team they really get out there and put it together.”

Mr Coff said the girls had shown significant development in the early stages of the season, and predicted success would come in time.

“It’s going really well, they’re starting to mesh together as a team.

“It’s going to take a little while to get competitive, but we scored a goal in our first game.

“The girls were ecstatic with that, and they’re only going to get better.

“We’ll have a few more weeks of skills, then look out boys. We’ll win one this season.”

Broken Hill Soccer Association secretary, Lisa Baker, said the girls’ team was a sign of positive growth for the game.

“The Association has a large number of players registered in the under 12 division so much so that we have seven teams nominated amongst the four clubs dictating a bye in the competition,” she said.

“It is a testament to the local organisation, players and officials that the game is progressing in leaps and bounds and that we have so many young people participating in sport.

“And I think it is a credit to the girls that they are prepared to play in a mixed competition where they will face some stiff competition.

“It’s obvious that these girls want to play sport and be active with their friends, and are not just worried about the score line.”

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