Ballarat’s under-12s crowned champions

Ballarat and District Soccer Association’s under-12 girls team has been crowned champions in the Victorian Country Championships after defeating Albury-Wodonga Football Association in the grand final, which was held in Morwell at the weekend

CHAMPIONS: Ballarat and District Soccer Association's under-12 squad celebrated its grand final victory over Albury-Wodonga in the Country Championships.

CHAMPIONS: Ballarat and District Soccer Association's under-12 squad celebrated its grand final victory over Albury-Wodonga in the Country Championships.

BDSA MiniRoos project manager Karla Devlin said the under-12 squad, made up of players from different BDSA clubs, was both ecstatic and proud to represent the association, with the moment something they would remember forever.

Meanwhile, the under-14 girls finished the competition as runners-up after going down to a strong Albury outfit 3-1 in the grand final.

Devlin said it was not only the players representing Ballarat, but also the coaches and referees who had been selected for the tournament.

“It was just a really good experience for soccer in Ballarat in general,” Devlin said.

The BDSA girls and boys teams not only gave the competition everything they had, but also stood out for the sportsmanship, respect and cooperation they displayed throughout the tournament.

“A couple of the girls teams were supporting the other girls teams by making little archways as they ran off the pitch after the game, which was just really great to see,” Devlin said.

She said the efforts and achievements, especially from the girls’ teams, throughout the tournament had been a great advertisement for soccer in Ballarat.

“Girls soccer is on the rise in Ballarat and the association is just so happy to be a part of that,” Devlin said.