Olympic FC was represented well in women’s football at the Pacific School Games held in Adelaide this week, with Teani Karalouka, Georgia Dean and Sarah Birchall all playing for Queensland at the pinnacle of Australian school sports.
All three players have achieved their goal of representing Queensland after countless hours of dedication and commitment, with literally thousands of hours preparation between the three stars at Goodwin Park.
Teani Karalouka (U19s) dominated in the midfield, earning recognition as one of the nation’s finest midfielders, and capped her week off with selection in the Australian Schoolgirls team. Georgia Dean and Sarah Birchall (U12s) both worked incredibly well to help their team remain unbeaten in the tournament, with another third place finish overall.
Unfortunately for Olympic FC, the recent decision by Football Queensland to reject the application for a WNPL license in 2018 and beyond has seen both Teani and Georgia snapped up by other clubs for next year, while Sarah has chosen to stay and compete against the boys in the U12s. Teani in particular has been hard hit, given that Olympic FC has been her club for the past 11 years.
Liz Doherty, another Olympic FC stalwart who has been forced out of the club by the decision to cut Olympic FC out of the WNPL, has played an integral role in the development of all three of the girls, coaching Georgia and Sarah, and playing alongside Teani.
Olympic FC Community Liaison Officer Phillip Canham has the following to say about the three young ladies: “I’m so proud of all of the players, this is just reward for the hours they’ve put in and the hours our coaches, especially Liz and Kazu (Ito), put in to preparing players. Despite decisions made in faraway offices, Georgia, Teani and Sarah are yet more examples of the effectiveness of the Olympic FC development methods. This news justifies everything we do, because our goal is always to help the player take their game to the next level, regardless of what level we are competing in.”
We send our most hearty congratulations to all three of the girls, and we look forward to the day that we get you all back in the red and white stripes at Goodwin.