The Open Girls Football Team from Tatachilla Lutheran College have overcome Mercedes College in the interschool competition grand final and even managed the incredible feat of keeping the opposition scoreless.
Running onto Adelaide Oval before the Port Power VS West Coast Eagles AFL game on Saturday, August 11, the stakes couldn’t have been higher.
Team coach, Scott Wendelborn said that before the game the team was excited and a little nervous and added that playing on Adelaide Oval was a wonderful opportunity for the girls.
Leading into the match Sarah Wright, echoed the Scott’s thoughts:
“We heard that Mercedes were a pretty strong team and were doubting ourselves a lot so the nerves were at an all time high.”
Best players during the game were Sarah Wright, Jodie Hunt, Taylah Levy and Lauren Clifton and finally Teah Charlton who won the overall Best on Ground medal.
Teah, who played midfield for the entire game said it was an unreal experience.
“Once we got the first clearance of the game the nerves died a bit when we got it into our forwards.
“When we were a few goals ahead we relaxed a bit and just played and enjoyed the moment,” she said.
By the time full-time arrived Tatachilla had booted 5.4.34 to Mercedes measly 0.7.7, an accomplishment any team would be proud of, especially in a grand final.
When we were a few goals ahead we relaxed a bit and just played and enjoyed the moment,Teah Charlton
Looking towards the 2019 Tatachilla will definitely be a team to watch, however, they will lose a number of players who are graduating from year 12 but Teah said that they have a few strong middle schoolers that will be really stepping up to take their place.
Both Teah and Sarah are year 11’s and are hopefully to claim back to back wins in next years grand final.