Victoria deemed best in country after winning all matches in NTC Girls Challenge

Football Victoria’s U17 Girls State Squad have returned after a commanding performance at the 2019 Girl’s National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge.

The young players represented Victoria over the five-day period (22nd July – 26th July), showcasing their abilities and developing their skills in a dynamic environment.

The VIC girls convincingly won every game, topping their group and knocking off NSW in the 1st placed v 1st placed match up. They dominated each match they played throughout the week, scoring a total of 14 goals over 5 matches whilst only conceding 2 (1 of which coming from a penalty).

Rae Dower, the Junior Matildas Head Coach, said the following:

The quality of play from Victoria at last week’s NTC Challenge was of a very high standard. Football Victoria’s NTC Program demonstrated throughout both the NYC and NTC Challenge that it's providing a great environment and opportunity for players within the talented pathway to develop.

FFA’s Talent Development Manager for Girls, Debbie Fisher, was also impressed by the Vic girls. Fisher complimented Football Victoria’s NTC Program heavily.

It was exciting to see the quality of players both individually and that as a team on display by the Victorian Squad this week

FV’s Technical Director Boris Seroshtan echoed this sentiment.

The performance of the Victorian players were of an exceptional standard as they showed great understanding of the game, a high standard of technical abilities, strong winning mentality and a high level of resilience. This accomplishment was made possible through the relentless hard work, dedication and belief of the players in Football Victoria’s NTC Program

The program, headed by Annick Fokchak, has been guided through positive values and a developmental culture where players can thrive, progress and explore their individual creativity within a fostering team environment

Congratulations to Nia Stamatopoulos who was announced as Victoria’s player of the tournament.

Victorian players Alana Jancevski, Grace Taranto, Paige Zois, Alana Murphy and Claudia Mihocic have been given a further opportunity to impress as they have been called up for the Junior Matildas upcoming Pacific Step-Up Tour.