Trinity soccer team primed for final in Bill Turner Trophy
SOPHIA Hutchence and her Trinity Catholic College Lismore teammates are hoping to shake off any stage fright and clinch prestigious regional soccer success.
The school's under-15 team takes on Kingscliff High School today in the FNC final of the Bill Turner Trophy.
It has been a tough ride through the competition's early stages for Trinity, including a nerve-racking penalty shootout victory against Alstonville High School.
Midfielder/striker Sophia said she was determined to help her side claim another triumph and secure a berth in the tournament's sought-after latter stages.
"I am so scared," she said. "We have made it through so far - we don't want to drop out now.
"I am pretty confident as we have a good team.
"I think we've done well as we have different strengths as players.
"I think we will win."
Almost 400 schools from across the eastern states have taken part in the prestigious competition, which showcases the talents of promising players.
As well as Alstonville, Trinity has already seen off Kadina and Casino high schools on its way to the tomorrow's contest.
The team, coached by Peter Szczotko, contains several talented players from the region's clubs.
College sport manager Matt Barlow said he was hoping to avoid any more close encounters.
"It would be lovely to get a couple of goals early on," he said.
"I always find football to be one of those tense sports.
"The girls have been working on scoring more goals. Fingers crossed they can follow on from that."
It is an exciting time on the pitch for the school, with its open boys and girls side through to the quarter-finals of their respective Combined Catholic College competitions.
"Football is one of the strongest sports here at the college," Barlow said.
"I think it stems from the club system. A lot of the students are involved in the Far North Coast competition (and) there are a lot of playing opportunities for them.
"These girls are in a school of 12-1300 students, so to go straight into a representative team - and one with a fair reputation - is a good achievement.
"I am looking forward to seeing how they go."