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Puma Cup and Puma Shield - 2005

Sydney United’s home ground was the venue in August 2005 for the CHS knockout finals- the Puma Cup and Shield.

First time finalists The Hills Sports High were opposed to arch rivals Hunter Sports in the girls’ Shield final. After a settling in period The Hills took the lead in the ninth minute, when the baby of the team Elizabeth O'Reilly, coolly slotted the ball under the advancing keeper after a run down the right wing. A further goal from Kimberly Pope made the half time score 2-0 to the Western Sydney team. Straight after half time the lead was further increased when Renee Rollason headed in after another move down the right. Sally Shippard and Stephanie Padilla added further goals before captain Caitlin Cooper scored with a rocket from the edge of the box. A consolation goal from Hunter’s Samantha Butler made the final score 6-1.

This was a fantastic achievement by the Hills in only their third year of existence: 59 goals for and only one against. They have a good number of players involved in representative soccer. Sally Shippard is already a Matilda and was the youngest member of the Athens Olympic soccer squad. Together with Caitlin Cooper, Sally also represented the Young Matildas at the World Championships in Thailand last year. Lyndsey Glohe is also a member of the current Young Matildas’ squad, whilst Renee Rollason represented Australian schools on tours to New Zealand in 2004 and to the United Kingdom early this year. Hunter’s Gema Simon also was a member of the Australian schools team and they have many players ,who have represented Hunter region at State Championships.

The boys’ final saw Westfields Sports High attempting to win for the eleventh time in thirteen years. In their way were the underdogs Kingsgrove High, who had beaten last year,s winners Endeavour Sports and Bossley Park to reach the final. The gallant Kingsgrove never gave up against the star–studded Westfields. Australian under 17 representative Nathan Burns gave Westfields the lead mid way through the first half. Stefan Doneski increased the lead in the second period, before Alex Gugucevski gave Kingsgrove a consolation goal in the last minute, making the final score 2-1.

Westfields are a team full of representative players. Nathan Burns and Jason Trifiro both were members of the Joeys at the World Championships in Peru last year, whilst Ben Gough, Evan Berger and Daniel Wilkinson all toured the United Kingdom with Australian schools. It was a terrific effort for Kingsgrove to make the final, with only three of their players making the Sydney East squad and only Goran Popovski progressing to CHS seconds.

Sally Shippard was judged "Player of the Final" for the girls, whilst Renee Rollason was named "Player of the Series". Jason Trifiro won both awards in the boys’ competition.

In the All Schools’ Challenge, Westfields beat the Independent Schools’ Newington College 4-0, whilst The Hills defeated the Catholic schools’ McCarthy Catholic 6-1.

Star Profile- Sally Shipard

Age: 18         Hair Colour: Brown      Eye Colour: Brown      Height: 176 cm

How long have you been playing football?
Since I was five.

What made you want to play football?
My brothers played and living in Wagga, parents introduce us to every sport.

How often do you train?
It varies- 8 to 12 hours a week.

What teams have you played for?
PCYC, Wagga United, NSW Sapphires, NSWIS, Matildas and Young Matildas.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
School wise: completing the HSC and wining the CHS Knockout.
Outside school: going to the Olympics with the Matildas.

Who inspires you the most?
I take a bit from everybody. People like Janine Shepard and Lance Armstrong, with their inspirational stories of hope.

How do you balance schoolwork with football?
My parents have always said that I need to keep the balance. Time management plays a big role.

What are your long time goals?
Going to the Beijing Olympics, captaining the Matildas and the Matildas being successful on the international stage.

Who has been your hardest opponent?
Brazil. Their players are freakishly skilful and do unbelievable things.

What advice would you give to girls, who want to make a career in football?
As long as you enjoy what you do. Work hard and you will be successful with anything you choose to do. Always have fun!!! But be prepared to work hard for it.

Interviewers: Aaron Drinkwater and Marie Pipikios (The Hills Sports High)