Westfields Sports win 11th Bill Turner Trophy competition

Order has been restored in the Bill Turner Trophy competition with Westfields Sports High School winning a record 11th under-15 national female football tournament.

After missing the finals for only the second time in the past nine years last year, Westfields bounced back to dominate the final series on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

In the semi final they defeated Cavendish Road State High School from Brisbane 3-0 with Danielle Keller, Sheridan Gallagher and Tiana Barton netting goals for the Fairfield West school.

Keller continued her goal scoring form in the final opening the scoring against Hunter Sports High School after only one minute.

After Hunter leveled the scores moments later, the game turned into the Sheridan Gallagher show. The player of the final scored four goals in a 32 minute period to take the game away from Hunter. Maryam Mostaghimi added a spectacular final goal to make the score 6-1 at full time.

After the game Gallagher said she has her eyes set on the under-17 Matildas team and going to college in America.

She also praised her teammates and coach Rob Bradshaw.

“The balls they put through were perfect and I all I had to do was finish them off,” she said.

Westfields’ journey to the final started in June with a 7-0 win against Freeman Catholic College. From there they defeated Pymble Ladies' College (3-2) and Hills Sports High (2-1) to make the final four.

They win adds to the titles they won in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015. They were also runners-up in 2011 and 2013.

Westfields very nearly made it their third Bill Turner double, with the boys team losing 4-3 in extra time to Penleigh Essendon Grammar School in the final.

In a tight contest Westfields took the lead on three separate occasions through goals to Rhys Osmond and Noah Botic (two). However the Melbourne-based school rallied to tie the game late and took the lead for the first time with an additional time golden goal.

Doubles to Osmond and Max Chung helped Westfields defeated Toowoomba Grammar 4-1 in the semi final.


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