Soccer: WA duo selected in select team following Girls National Training Centre Challenge

Soccer: WA duo selected in select team following Girls National Training Centre Challenge

ROISIN Connolly, of City Beach, scored a goal in WA’s final match at the Girls National Training Centre Challenge this month.

The WA team lost just one of its seven matches earning Connolly and goalkeeper Morgan Aquino spots in The Select Team of players identified as the best at the tournament who have the potential to play for the Matildas.

Connolly scored the second goal in WA’s 2-2 draw against Northern New South Wales at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Coach Jessine Bonzas said the overall performance of the WA team was further evidence of the improving talent in the state.

“The girls had a really good week and they come back in great spirits and ready to continue their development,” she said.

“We were competitive the whole week – the consistency was there – and that hasn’t always been the case in the past.

“There were some games where we absolutely dominated and we just couldn’t convert out chances.

“We drew with Northern New South Wales, who were the top team, and NSW, who were second.”

While in Canberra, the WA players attended an inspirational workshop where they heard from Matildas coach Alen Stajcic and former national team player Heather Garriock.

They also watched the Matildas train in preparation for Rio 2016 and met with WA striker and Australian captain Lisa De Vanna.