SC girls show their stuff in Blenheim

16:00, Oct 09 2009

The South Canterbury girls 12th grade team had a successful three days of football played in trying conditions in Blenheim.

The girls played six games in 2 1/2 days and lost only once to tournament winners Nelson, going down 1-0.

The first game against Canterbury Red was a tight game. Unlucky not to pull off an upset win, they instead drew 0-0.

The commitment the team displayed against a much bigger opponent was impressive and none was more obvious than goalkeeper Keelia Ivamy who on two occasions came out and dived at the feet of Canterbury forwards.

The South Canterbury team were unlucky not to come away with the three points with a couple of great shots late in the game, one of which was expertly hit by Kayce Sykes Beynon.

The second game was against a determined Mid Canterbury side and South Canterbury made hard work of it before eventually winning 2-1.


The goals scorers were Christina Ryan and Lilly McFarlane, with Holly Pascoe having a great game in the midfield.

Next was a 2-1 win over Otago.

The girls were up 2-0 after 15 minutes after some great build up and a superb finish by Brooke Howie Beattie with Christina Ryan getting the second soon after.

The team backed off in the second half but thoroughly deserved their victory.

Against a strong Nelson team South Canterbury battled all the way.

With the game locked 0-0 at halftime it was anyone's game but unfortunately Nelson scored 10 minutes from full time to clinch the win.

Jamie Pearson and Kacie Mitchel Phillips had strong games in defence and along with the rest of the team tried hard right to the finish.

South Canterbury's next game was against Canterbury Black and again they played in very windy conditions with the girls coming out on top 2-1 with Christina Ryan scoring both goals.

Racheal Youngson had a good game in defence and the halves provided plenty of quality ball for the forwards to work with. The girls picked themselves up well after the loss to Nelson and fought really hard to get the result they deserved.

Fortunately, for the final game the wind had abated and apart from overnight rain the conditions were at their best.

With the way the draw worked out South Canterbury faced Mid Canterbury again and came out on top at 2-0.

Kate Brown had a superb game in the halves along with Laura Grigg, who scored a great goal and could have had a couple more, and Courtney McKenzie who scored from a free kick which topped off a great tournament from the centre back and captain. Herald correspondent

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