8 Clyde Fenton Girls travelled to Darwin this week to represent Katherine playing Soccer at the NT Championships
Erin, Ariana, Ruby, Christina, Ella, Mahli, Poppi-May and Chloe were excited to go to Darwin, stay at the Free Spirit Resort, and compete against other teams in the Big Rivers Under 12 Soccer Championships.
"It was a challenge," said Ella, reflecting on the tough games payed against the other teams.
"It was a real adventure," added Ruby, "some of those teams play soccer in regular competitions - we only started practising this term!"
Erin commented "It was fun!" whilst Ariana spoke enthusiastically about the accommodation; "I loved it there!"
The Katherine team, which included girls from other Katherine Schools competed against 4 other teams from 5 regions. At the end of the competition the Katherine team finished in third place.
Coach Marcel Bergman commented; "8 of of the 14 girls in the squad were CFS girls. Our team was much smaller than the girls from the other regions, and knew a whole lot less about soccer than the other teams, who play soccer regularly, but they held their own.
They played hard but fair, giving their best in every match, they lost a few with great dignity, and were always gracious in victory. They really set the standard of behaviour for all the other teams."
These sporting trips are always about so much more than just the sport.
Thank you to all the people who supported our GoFundMe campaign and all the parents and others who supported the girls to go away and compete.
For some of these girls, this was the trip of a lifetime.