Mornington women triumph

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Local heroes: Mornington’s title-winning women’s team, back row, left to right: Tiffany Pearce, Hanna Falk, Bella DiNicolantonio, Sarah Liston, Emily Douglas. Middle: Jennifer Quinlan, Tenisha Van Dam, Monique Steenbergen (captain), Lilly Ridgway, Ruby Stewartson, Robin Smith (coach). Front: Kim Anderson, Mik Wharton, Jaia Pate, Anna Munro, Amanda Chhouk.

MORNINGTON’S senior women’s team enjoyed a landmark season by clinching the State 4 South championship on goal difference from Old Mentonians.

It was their inaugural season in the competition and they now are preparing for the challenge of State 3 South in 2019.

What makes their achievement remarkable is that the average age of the squad is just 17 with the youngest player only 15 years old.

There also is a strong club connection with 10 of the 15 players having played with Mornington’s juniors.

Coach Robin Smith was thrilled with his side’s triumph and highlighted the squad’s unity as a key factor.

“I’m delighted for this group of young women,” Smith said.

“They’ve worked hard all season and there is an outstanding team spirit which has been the biggest factor in their well-deserved success.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 17 September 2018

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