Womens Football in Byron Bay is back with a ROAR. As a new squad for 2014, Byron Bay FC’s womens’ Wildcats entered the pre-season Callan McMillan Cup with moderate expectations.
However, after topping their pool in the preliminary rounds, the Wildcats went on to face Casino in the semi finals in what proved to be a tough and bruising encounter. In sweltering Casino heat, the girls came from behind 3 times to come away with a hard-earned victory.
Thirty minutes into the match, the Wildcats suffered a major blow after a poorly timed challenge sent their inspiring 'keeper to the Casino hospital. The set back saw them drop to 3-1 down before a gutsy rally turned the game around. Playing a strong attacking team game, the Wildcats patiently fought back to a 5-3 lead in the second half and held off the Casino counter attacks to finish with a brilliant 5-4 win. The Wildcats now face Mullumbimby in the B-Division final at Lismore’s Oakes Oval, on Thursday, April 24 at 6pm.
In the lead-up to the semi-final, the Byron girls were undefeated with three comprehensive wins, and only one goal conceded. The teams attacking depth saw 8 goal scorers in their in competition tally of 16 goals. The Wildcats’ fast, entertaining football gave them an emphatic 7-0 trouncing of Italo Stars. In their second outing at the Ewingsdale fields, they ground out a 3-0 win over the Nimbin Headers, before trouncing Richmond Rovers 6-1 in the final round.
This committed group includes young women who played junior and youth football for Byron Bay, women returning to the game after a break, players from across the shire, the country and the globe and some who have never before laced on a pair of boots!
The Wildcat ethos is both supportive and encouraging no matter what the level of skill and experience. The girls trained very hard in the pre-season and have built a solid foundation for the upcoming year.
If you are interested in joining this inspiring group and playing Football for the Byron Bay Wildcats, we are still have places in both the 2nd and 4th division teams.
Please contact John on 0407 650 371 or firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop into a training session at the Rec grounds on Monday or Wednesday evenings at 5:15.