Dressed in pink, Met West girls up with best in Qld
WITH a proud tradition in many sports, the Metropolitan West region has showcased countless state representatives over the years.
However, the quality in its sporting teams continues to shine brightly.
The Met West girls football side is rich in Ipswich talent, finishing runners-up at last weekend's 16-19 years Queensland Schools Football Secondary State titles at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
The 16-strong team was dominated by players from Ipswich Girls' Grammar and St Peter Claver College.
Seven footballers with strong school and Ipswich club links were recognised after the carnival.
IGGS quartet Abigail Evetts, Lani McKenna, Megan Stephens and Elli Chapple were chosen in the Queens-land team heading to Shepparton, Victoria, for the School Sport Australia national titles from August 25-31.
Evetts was named Player of the Tournament among the 160 footballers from the 10 teams at the state event.
Chappel earned state selection despite missing the carnival due to receiving a call-up from the Brisbane Roar Youth team playing in the national tournament in Canberra.
She was replaced by goalkeeper Holly Van Der Zee, who was selected as a shadow player for the Queens-land combination.
Van Der Zee is on standby for state duty along with IGGS teammate Gabriella Bogdanek and Natasha Ridley, from Ipswich State High.
Met West coach Amy Armistead was delighted to see so many players identified for Queensland opportunities.
The St Peter Claver College teacher was appointed assistant coach of the newly-named state team. She has experience coaching the Lions under 15 girls team in the National Premier Leagues competition as well as running the St Peter Claver College girls football program involved in the Uhlsport Cup and Bill Turner Cup.
Armistead was equally proud of the entire Met West team which lost 1-0 to Northern in the grand final last Sunday.
"The girls were an absolute credit to themselves - going undefeated through the pool games and finishing the highest team (including goal difference) across the two pools,'' Armistead said.
"The heart, passion and pride definitely beamed through our girls in all their matches. Their determination and desire to win matches, win for each other and never give up was a true reflection of their character and an absolute credit to the schools in our region they represented.''
Met West's early wins were over Capricornia 4-0, Met North 1-0 and Wide Bay 2-0.
Met West drew 1-1 with Sunshine Coast on their way to the playoff where they lost 3-2 to eventual winners Northern before accounting for Met North 1-0 in the semi-final.
In the grand final, Northern secured victory with a 58th minute goal from a free kick.
The Met West coach also praised her manager Donna Fredrickson.
Apart from having players attending IGGS, St Peter Claver College and Ipswich High, the Met West team also featured footballers from Westside Christian College, St Mary's College, Indooroopilly State High, Stuartholm College, Brigidine and Corinda.
The Met West team: Holly Van Der Zee (IGGS), Jemma Ballantyne (Westside Christian College), Abigail Evetts (IGGS), Mackenzie McAvoy (IGGS), Hayley Finley (Indooroopilly State High), Gabriella Bogdanek (IGGS), Anneliese Campbell (St Mary's College), Tara-Jade Garnsworthy (Stuartholm College), Lani McKenna (IGGS), Madaleen Ah-Ki (St Peter Claver College), Natasha Ridley (Ipswich State High), Natalie Hull (St Peter Claver), Emily Hull (St Peter Claver), Megan Stephens (IGGS), Vaikarna McLennan (Brigidine), Christina Amajouyi (Corinda).
Armistead was also pleased how her Met West side supported Breast Cancer Australia as hosts of the latest School Sport state carnival.
Wearing pink, the Met West continued past traditions by contributing to the $160,000 raised over the past 10 years.