Soccer girls bound for Fiji international
Thursday, 3rd December, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
Two local girls are heading off today for what should be an unforgettable experience - playing international soccer in Fiji.
Savannah Morris and Taylor Fletcher will fly to the tropical paradise island to represent Broken Hill and Regional South Australia in the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup.
The UFS Cup has been running since 2010 with the key role of developing junior talent. The event has progressively grown and is now a well-known annual fixture.
For Savannah, it will be her second trip to Fiji for the tournament, having played last year, but Taylor will be making her international debut.
Taylor said that although it’s a big journey, she’s keen to be a part of a great team.
“I’m very excited to be going overseas for the first time,” she said, “and to be playing soccer, it’s even better.
“There’ll certainly be some new experiences to be had.”
The girls are in the Regional SA Under 15 Girls side which is shaping up to be a top contender for the age group title.
Taylor said that when the side arrives in Fiji they will get a couple days to adjust to the weather before firing up on the pitch.
“I think the humidity is going to be the biggest thing to get over but I think we should be all right.
“We’ll spend a couple of days getting used to the climate and then we play a short knock-out competition.
“After that we’ll start to get into the actual games.”
Even though Savannah has been on the Fiji trip before she is eager to get over there and play again.
She said that it’s great for Silver City soccer that both she and Taylor had made the team.
“I think it gives us a good look and proves how good people from Broken Hill are and that it doesn’t really matter how far away you are from everyone else.”
Savannah and Taylor’s team will take on sides from the host country and teams from Victoria and NSW.
When Savannah played last year, her side finished fourth and she’s confident that with the addition of Taylor and others the squad can go on to win it.
Both girls were a part of the State Talent Identification Championships in September this year, playing for the country side.
Taylor scored a goal and was an integral part of the midfield and attack while Savannah was poised in defence.
Taylor was then chosen to try out for a place in the Under 15 Girls State Development Program which saw her put through her paces and develop more as a player.
She made it to the top 25 and was asked back for the final two training sessions. Although she was unsuccessful, her talent and new-found skills made her keener than ever to continue on.
Savannah and Taylor thanked friends and family for their support and also their mentors at their clubs Alma and St Joe’s.
The girls are due home on December 12.