Slice of Cheese

University takes out the Southern Women’s Championship after a stellar season.

Photo: Solstice Digital

Written by Olivia Clayton

After drawing with Clarence Zebras in the opening round, University was the only side to win all of their following matches this season.

University coach, Amey Jambekar, said the team’s goal for the season was to “play a good attacking brand of football, try and score goals and keep clean sheets”.

“[We] wanted to make sure that each one contributed and put in massive efforts in each game,” Jambekar said.

The team’s efforts this season saw them house the top two goal scorers for the competition, with Sophie Young booting 43 and Mikalha George scoring 40.

Jambekar attributes the squad’s success to their tight-knit group.

“The assists provided [by] all the other players have helped a lot. The whole team has played as one unit to make sure these goals get scored,” he said.

“The senior players [were] pushed hard at training by the reserve squad, we were averaging approximately 25 players each night at training.”

Jambekar also highlighted several other players who developed this season to help the side win the cup. That included Polly Tantari, who had an impact for the team at just 16 years of age.

“She used to play for University in our youth squad, went to Beachside for a year as we didn’t have a youth squad, and came back this year. Her attitude, work rate and skills are amazing. She is loved by the whole squad,” Jambekar said.

“Alex Hall, we were lucky to have her come to us from Glenorchy Knights mid-way through the season and has played really well.

“Another player is Lauren Hay, she started on a bit of a wobbly ground making some errors but trained hard and made sure she is up to the Championship level.”

With a disrupted and shortened 2020 season, 2021 also brought with it the challenges of COVID-19 guidelines.

“It was a challenging time for sure, especially with a lot of unknowns and social distancing issues, but [the] girls worked [within] all the rules making sure none were broken and have had a successful season.”