Glory Girls Cup Grand Final

Perth Glory’s support of grassroots football has seen more terrific action with the finals of the Smarter than Smoking Glory Girls Cup held earlier this month.

Perth Glory-s support of grassroots football has seen more terrific action with the finals of the Smarter than Smoking Glory Girls Cup held earlier this month.

Four regional champions faced off in a bid to take home the title of 2009 Glory Girls Primary State Champions.

In the first semi-final Charthouse Primary (Peel Region) took on St Jeromes (Southern Region) and it was a hard-fought game however St Jeromes were polished in attack and scored a 3-0 victory.

The second semi-final pitted 2008 Grand Finalist Leeming (Eastern Region) against Connolly (Northern Region) in a thrilling encounter. Leeming established an early lead however Connolly equalised quickly before the Leeming side again took the ascendancy and at one stage in the second half held a commanding 5-2 lead.

No-one expected to see Connolly rally but they found two goals in quick succession to set up and enthralling final 10 minutes. A rampaging Connolly continued to push to take the game into penalties however the Leeming defence held firm and they took the win 5-4 to book consecutive Grand Final appearances.

The Grand Final was a tenacious affair with players from both sides giving their all for the cause. St Jeromes took an early lead with a well-taken goal and were not headed from that point. Leeming went in search of the equaliser that never came. The extra exertion in the semi-finals may have had a telling effect in the end and St Jeromes was able to put another 2 goals in the back of the net in the second half and the game was won.

St Jeromes was ably led by Grand Final MVP Steffi Nadillo in midfield and the victorious coach, Erica Chisholm, said the girls were over the moon. For Michael Wheatley-s Leeming side there was disappointment after taking out the runner-up medal for a second time however their efforts were applauded by all involved in the cup.

NOMINATE NOW Nominations for the sixth annual Primary Schools Glory Cup are being sought. The Glory Girls Cup is an 11-a-side competition played under full FIFA rules.

The closing date for nominations is 30 June or once each region has been filled. All interested schools are asked to nominate on the official School Sport WA web-site. The Regional Championships will be held on Friday 31 July with the State Championships Finals held on Friday 14 August.

For further information you can contact School Sport WA Football Coordinator Tony Carvajal on 0450 742 636 or email tonylcarvajal@gmail.com