A BSE representative soccer team played in the first round of the Bill Turner Cup on May 30.
The Bill Turner Cup is an East Coast Secondary Soccer Competition named in recognition of the school soccer administrator. It’s one of the world’s largest team sport competitions, with about 800 school teams from New South Wales, Queensland, ACT and Victoria participating each year, with all players 15 years and under.
Our team included students from years 7, 8 and 9, and in our first round we had very tough competition from the get-go with Maribyrnong.
Maribyrnong, which has won this competition before, were put on the back foot in the first half with a fantastic team goal finished by Year 7’s Octavia Di Donato only 15 minutes into the game. Our girls lifted in confidence and had all the play in a strong first half.
We had more opportunities through Jalen Hoskin and Abbey Klemm, and went into the break a goal ahead. In the second half our girls defended the relentless attack by Maribrynong but were unable to stop them scoring two goals. Maribyrnong returned fire early, with an excellent finish 10 minutes in and the Jets then added to their tally through a penalty a few minutes later to go 2-1 up.
BSE maintained pressure until the end with some great commanding from centre defender Kiera Ellis and, despite a number of chances, BSE finished 2-1 down having fought through the match valiantly. Our team was certainly not disgraced by their metropolitan counterparts. The game was held in great spirits. Although defeated, the respect our girls gained on the day goes further in developing our reputation as tough opposition at any level of competition in soccer.
Well done girls. Congratulations to Marcus and the team for their endeavour and class displayed.