Football Federation SA’s two girls squads competing in Coffs Harbour last week at the 2017 FFA Westfield National Youth Championships turned in some fine performances throughout the week to compete on an even keen with the best young stars around Australia.

Our Under 14 squad were narrowly defeated throughout the week but picked up a point against third-placed Northern NSW to finish in fifth place in Group A overall.

Our Under 15’s finished 7th out of 9 teams but were well clear of 8th placed Tasmania and 9th NSW Country. Just two wins seperated this team from finishing second overall in what was a closely fought competition all week long. The highlight for this squad was a 6-0 win over Tasmania and 2-0 win over overall second-placed winner, Western Australia.

Congratulations to all girls and coaches who represented South Australia throughout the week whilst South Australian Paula Orlandi, was recognised for her fine tournament and awarded Referee of the Championships. Well done, Paula!

Paula Orlandi receives her Referee of the Championships last week in Coffs Harbour. Photo: FFA.

A wrap of all five days in Coffs Harbour is below.


FFSA Under 14 0
Queensland 4

FFSA Under 15 0


NSW Metro 1
FFSA Under 14 0

FFSA Under 15 1 (Bowler 2′)
Northern NSW 2

Victoria 0
FFSA Under 15 0


FFSA Under 14 1 (McGranaghan 7′)
Northern NSW 1

FFSA Under 15 0
NSW Metro 3

Our Under 14’s recorded their first goal and first point for the 2017 Championships on Day 3 in Coffs Harbour via Mia McGranaghan’s strike in the seventh minute.

Our Under 15’s put up a spirited showing against tournament leaders NSW Metro, holding their own for large parts of the match.


FFSA Under 14 0
Victoria 1

NSW Country 2
FFSA Under 15 2 (Murray 8′, Branford 39′)

FFSA Under 15 0
Queensland 1

South Australia’s Under 15 squad recorded a 2-2 draw with a strong NSW Country side on Day Two in Coffs Harbour, as well as a narrow 1-0 defeat to Queensland.

That same 1-0 scoreline saw our Under 14’s fall to Victoria in their second game.

Our Under 15 side are currently ranked second in the tournament behind the host State, New South Wales heading into Day Three.


FFSA Under 15 6 (Tonkin 3′, Henkens 9′, Bowler 14′,17′, Kirkby 28′, Murrray 38′)
Tasmania 0

FFSA Under 15 2 (Henkens 7′, Sparrow 19′)
Western Australia 0

FFSA Under 14 0
NSW Country 1

Football Federation SA opened its 2017 Westfield FFA National Youth Championships with two wins from three matches on the opening day in Coffs Harbour.

The Under 15 squad won both its matches comfortably with a 6-0 win over Tasmania in the first match and a 2-0 win over Western Australia followed.

The Under 14 squad turned in a fantastic performance against New South Wales Country but couldn’t find a goal that their showing deserved, falling to the host State by the narrow margin of 1-0.

More photos from the first day’s action can be found at our Facebook page here.


Football Federation SA (FFSA) congratulates the following players who will represent the State from July 10 – 14 at the Westfield FFA National Youth Championships for Girls in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

An Under 14 and Under 15 Girls squad will travel interstate and compete against the National Training Centre squads from each other state around Australia.

The South Australian squads are as follows:

Under 14

Hunter Strudwick FFSA
Tanaye Morris FFSA
Kira Glinz FFSA
Mia McGranaghan FFSA
Alanah Ursino FFSA
Bonnie Dodds FFSA
Elleni Apostolidis FFSA
Jasmine Franks FFSA
Charlotte Phillips FFSA
Natalie Frantzis FFSA/Adelaide Comets
Sophie McGrath FFSA/Campbelltown City
Julia Paneras FFSA/Adelaide Comets
Nicola Scalzi FFSA/Campbelltown City
Alana Spirou FFSA/Adelaide City
Chrissie Zikos FFSA/Adelaide City
Emily Gale FFSA/Adelaide City
Coach: Neil Fleming
Physio: Ashleigh Mitchell
Manager: Angus Wheaton

Under 15

Aless Raschella FFSA
Alana Lanuzza FFSA
Zoe Tolland FFSA
Gabriella DeMarco FFSA
Katie Bowler FFSA
Ella Tonkin FFSA
Talia Bilardo FFSA
Nikki Henkens FFSA
Ivana Jaric FFSA
Michaela Belmonte FFSA
Sarah Branford FFSA
Emilia Murray FFSA
Charlotte Waters FFSA
Lara Kirkby FFSA
Ellie Sparrow FFSA
Erin Murphy FFSA
Coach: Jonathan Ruse
Physio: Julie Adams
Manager: Maria Rojas

More information on the tournament can be found here.

You can follow the progress of the girls throughout the week on this page or the Football Federation SA Facebook page.

For all tournament photos, visit Northern NSW’s Facebook page.

Good luck, girls!