Warrnambool College students to have a ball at school sport state finals

WARRNAMBOOL College will have a record six of a possible eight sides contest School Sport Victoria soccer finals.

Warrnambool College soccer representatives (from left) Isabel Wilkinson, 14, from the year 8 team; Lily Weise, 15, intermediate team; Dechlan Picken, 18, senior team; Darcy Johnstone, 13, year 7 team; Rachel Wilks, 14,  year 7 team; and Oscar Bishop, 15, intermediate team. 140828LP01  Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Warrnambool College soccer representatives (from left) Isabel Wilkinson, 14, from the year 8 team; Lily Weise, 15, intermediate team; Dechlan Picken, 18, senior team; Darcy Johnstone, 13, year 7 team; Rachel Wilks, 14, year 7 team; and Oscar Bishop, 15, intermediate team. 140828LP01 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Three boys’ and three girls’ sides are bound for the Darebin International Sports Centre next week for the final stage of their 2014 campaigns. 

The hectic week starts with the senior boys and intermediate boys taking to the pitch on Monday.

The intermediate girls play on Tuesday, the year 7 boys get their chance on Thursday, while the year 7 girls and year 8 girls are in action on Friday.

Warrnambool College soccer co-ordinator Luke Howlett said having six teams qualify for the finals was a record for the school.

“Last year we got two teams through.  That was the first time we had multiple sides in,” he said. Howlett put the success down to the creation of a soccer academy at Warrnambool College, which has boosted participation numbers.

He said the achievement of the girls’ sides to reach the finals was most pleasing.

“They were fantastic at the last level. They were playing girls who have played the sport since they were little and beating them,” he said.

But Howlett said the intermediate boys had the best shot at a title. The side fell short at the final hurdle 12 months ago.

“I’d like to think they’ve all got a fairly good chance. But the intermediate boys, they won through to this stage last year as year 8s and 9s,” he said.

“They’re playing this year as year 9s and 10s. Hopefully they’ll have a very good showing because they’ve been there before.

“They’re in that situation where they’re the lucky ones who have seen it all. They’re not just going there to experience it.”

The finals day features eight schools — one from each of the SSV regions — divided into two pools.

Each school plays three round-robin matches, with the winners of the two pools facing off for the state title.

Warrnambool College is the Greater Western representative. Its pool rivals hail from the Northern Metro, Western Metro and Loddon Valley regions.

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