The Bellingen Bats 16 years girls football team are minor premiers after completing the entire season undefeated. They dominated the goal scoring with 73 goals for the season with only 8 against, giving them a goal difference of +65.
It has been a great season for the girls with enormous improvement in both individual and team skills. Their passing game is just beautiful to watch and all the girls contribute to the success of the team.
The next game will be the major semi against Woolgoolga Waves to be played on Saturday at Connell Park with a time to be advised. This will be a hard game as both rounds against Woolgoolga finished in draws. Hopefully home ground advantage and the big improvement the girls have displayed will see a positive result.
This team was not the only 16 years girls team from Bellingen. The Bellingen Blitz team made up of all 15 year olds except one were also in the same competition. This team displayed skill and determination throughout the season despite struggling with numbers. They lost three players early in the season with one player leaving the area, one player badly injured and one player too sick to take the field. This meant that throughout the season they struggled for numbers and games that they would have won were lost due to short numbers. They will certainly be a force to reckon with in 2019 in the 16 years competition.
Bellingen also had two teams in the 14 girls years competition. Many of the girls were 12 and 13 and again the teams were split on friendship groups. The Bellingen Bats finished in fourth position and will make the semis. This team has had a great season except they dropped a couple of games due to lack of player availability. Their final game against Corindi displayed the many skills the girls have developed throughout the season. Coach Rachel Hoy, whose hard work has been rewarded, is very pleased with the improvement the girls displayed.
The Bellingen Blitz team, which also had many young players found the competition a bit more difficult but never gave up throughout the season. Coaches Lillie Klipin and Bella Ashley made a great effort throughout the year and saw their players develop increasingly game by game.
With so many young developing players the future looks bright for the Bello girls.
The Bellingen Football Club will have its junior Presentation Day on Sunday September 9 from 3-4pm at Connell Park with a sausage sizzle for all ages 8-17years boys and girls.