The St Peter’s First XI Girls’ football team beat Hamilton Girls’ High (HGHS) last weekend to win the title of Waikato Premier Girls’ Football Champions for the tenth consecutive year – the longest winning streak in the long history of the competition.
With both teams missing players (who were overseas with the NZ U16 team), the game could have gone either way. It was a very tense and even start with most of the play happening in the midfield as both teams searched for some quality.
St Peter’s players Kate Williams, Brooke Kilmister, Kimbi Rowan-Sanders and Brie Perry, along with Keeper Amber Harris, ensured that any attempts by HGHS were from distance. Josephine Oosterhuis, Sarah Krystman, Caitlin Burns, Maddie Brown and Olivia Came provided the spark for Striker Lauren Henry to work off.
It was nil-all at halftime. However, in the second half, the game started to open-up and St Peter’s gained ascendancy. It took a piece of magic by Kate Williams to settle the match for St Peter’s; she struck a long range free kick, nestling the ball into the top right corner of the net.
St Peter’s comfortably saw out the remaining five minutes to win the title.