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Teen Savannah’s trip of a lifetime

Wednesday, 31st December, 2014

Savannah Morris recently travelled s to Fiji to compete in the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup. PICTURE: Ethan James Savannah Morris recently travelled s to Fiji to compete in the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup. PICTURE: Ethan James

Last week, Savannah Morris travelled with 16 other girls to Fiji to compete in the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup. 

The 14-year-old played in the under 15s South Australian regional girls side and her team finished the overall competition fourth. 

Savannah said it was a great experience and it really benefited her soccer.

“The girls on my team were amazing and Fiji is such a beautiful place. It was definitely the best trip I’ve ever had!”

Savannah played six games in total - one of those being a final playoff for 3rd and 4th position. She played games against NSW, VIC, and three other Fijian teams.

“NSW and Fiji White were definitely the hardest teams,” she said.

It ended up being NSW and Fiji White playing for 1st and 2nd position with Fiji White winning the cup.

SA’s first game was on Sunday the 11th of December. They played Fiji Blue and ended with a 3-2 win after being 1-0 down at half time.

On Monday, they took on Fiji White and lost a close game 3-2. After the game the team went and visited a village and donated old boots, books and clothes to the village.

“It was amazing seeing all the kids running round and having fun. They were all so cute!” Savannah said.

On Tuesday, SA played NSW and lost 5-1. 

“It was our worst game out of all of our games. The whole team was just so flat and not playing good football. 

“After the game though, all the visiting teams were taken to an island. We went snorkelling and played beach volleyball, it was so much fun!

“On Wednesday, SA was meant to play Fiji Red, but there was a mix up with the games and we ended up playing Fiji Blue again. 

“Sadly we lost a hard fought game 1-0.  On Thursday, we played VIC and drew 2-2 but ended up gaining an extra point for scoring the first goal.

“It was our best game by far! We gelled so much as a team that game, I was so proud of everyone.”

Then Friday was finals day. SA played VIC in the 3rd and 4th play off. VIC ended up winning 4-1 with SA coming 4th on the leader board.

Savannah returned home to Australia on Saturday, sadly ending her Fijian trip.

“It was such an amazing experience with some amazing people, and I hope I can go again next year!”

She thanked the FFSA, John Mundy, her coach Andy Bateman and her manager Deanne Nottingham for giving her the opportunity to play in such a great tournament. 

She also acknowledged a number of local businesses who sponsored her during the process.

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