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Football Queensland’s State Team Girls squads enter Day 3 of the Westfield National Youth Championships high on confidence as both sides impress in their groups.
The U13s bounced back to form with a 5-0 win over South Australia on Day 2, while the U15s recovered from their 1-0 defeat by reversing the scoreline against NSW Country.
Both teams sit well-placed in their groups ahead of Wednesday’s matches against Victoria.
The U13s fell 3-1 to NSW Metro in their opening fixture on Monday but, after Tuesday’s morale-boosting performance, coach Mark Boyd says the young squad has found its feet.
“I think we started a little bit shy on the first day of the tournament against NSW,” he said.
“Yesterday was probably good for their confidence more than anything.
“It’s not necessarily the results that are important to us, it’s important how we play. If we do the right things the right way you get success at the end of the day.
“We’re trying to instil that into the psyche of the players.”
Boyd also praised the support staff, which includes managers and physios, for raising the bar in professionalism.
“To be honest Football Queensland has done a fantastic job with the support staff,” he said.
“The physiotherapists we’ve got here – Matt Look and Maggie Dwyer – have been superb.
“A lot of the off-field stuff that occurs for the kids is very new to them, with regards to fuelling up with the right nutrition, right hydration, checking player weights so that fluid loss is replenished, recovery sessions after games.
“I think it’s a real eye-opener for them.”
WESTFIELD NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR GIRLS
Day 2 Results
South Australia 0
Queensland 5 (Summer WALTERS 1′, 17′, 44′ Georgia BEAUMONT 11′ Jorja THOMSON 35′)
Capital Football 1
NSW Country 0
Queensland 1 (Lua SUERO 30′)