Southland senior soccor teams’ giant stride towards title

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Outstanding midfielder Lim de Vetter and her Queenstown Rovers teammates completely outclassed their closest rivals last Sunday. 

The Rovers beat Southend 6-0 at the Events Centre to take a giant step towards retaining the Southland senior women’s soccer title. 

Southend has to beat fellow Invercargill side Queens Park by at least 25 goals in a catch-up game this weekend to deny the Rovers. 

The Rovers fielded virtually their strongest team with Tricia Johnson successful in keeping Southend’s impressive striker Theresa Rhien from threatening their goal. 

Player of the day Gina Lily scored an impressive hat-trick. Rose McGarty, Ella van der Geest and De Vetter, with a brilliant left foot shot from outside the area, slotted the other goals. 

The Rovers, who’ve retained the Challenge Trophy, play Southend again next weekend, this time in Invercargill, in the final of the Southland knockout cup. 

Meanwhile the Rovers’ men’s side drew 0-0 with bottom-of-the-table Green Island in a Football South Premier League game in Dunedin last Saturday. The fifth-placed Rovers play Dunedin’s Northern at the Events Centre this Saturday, 2.45pm.