Queenstown girls win soccer title

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Queenstown Rovers women are Southland League champions for the second year running.

The soccer team beat Queens Park 2-0 at the Events Centre last Sunday to clinch the club’s second title with two games remaining.

Rovers’ lead was doubled just before halftime when Ella van der Geest lobbed the keeper.

Defender Pamela Doyle was player of the day.

Midfielder Rose O’Neill, 34, says: “It’s been a good season.

“The standard of the league is improving all the time – the teams are getting better.

“The first season we were winning some games 18-0 but this season it was 2-0. It makes it more interesting.”

O’Neill played as a striker on Sunday, replacing league leading scorer Christina Werdke, who has returned to Germany.

“That happens every year in Queenstown unfortunately,” O’Neill says, “we get some of the best players and then they go in August.

“But this year we’ve had a lot of young players come through, high school girls, and it’s been awesome for football in Queenstown.

“We’ve a good mix of ages now and a great core – it used to be three or four of us on a pitch waiting for who’s going to turn up but there’s a good number committed now.”

The team has won 15 matches and lost once this season. The remaining two fixtures are expected to be won by default, with the other teams unlikely to show.

Rovers men’s team had a bye last weekend and face Green Island away on Saturday.