Team comes together for thrilling win
IN the face of adversity, the Tumbulgum women's Second Division soccer side have claimed the Football Far North Coast premiership on Friday night.
Facing a restrictive starting time of 6.15pm in South Lismore and with only one reserve on the bench, Tumbulgum showed plenty of spirit and determination to defeat the minor premiers Goonellabah 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after the game was tied at 1-all at full time.
For some of the Tumbulgum side, it was literally a case of out of the car on straight on to the playing field to face Goonellabah but the challenge seemed to make the side more determined to cause a surprise.
After trailing Goonellabah in the first half, Tumbulgum managed an equaliser through Samantha Walsh and hold the score at 1-all through to half time. The second half proved a real arm-wrestle again with neither side scoring.
According to striker/defender Sandra Zietlow, the team came together for each other and despite being “pretty tired” at the end of regular time, hung on to pull off an amazing victory.
With both sides facing a shoot-out, Goonellabah managed to convert both their opening two shots while Tumbulgum missed both of theirs.
Then, under pressure, Goonellabah missed their next three while Tumbulgum showed great composure to land all their three and take the title.
For a team without a coach, Tumbulgum's premiership is a fitting reward for hard work.