Port Kembla under 11 girls travelled to the Kanga Cup in Canberra last week as ‘underdogs’, but within 48 hours they’d hold an entirely different title.
Instead, Port would be known as champions.
The team, made up of girls aged 9 to 11, completed a remarkable run to claim their age group at the Cup tournament.
After heading to the tournament with minimal expectations, Port went on to win three elimination matches, including a 1-0 grand final win over Northbridge.
“For some of them it is their first year playing and it kind of started off as lets just go to Canberra for a bit of fun in the holidays. It was quite surreal when they actually won it,” Port team manager Michelle Cutajar said.
“I have never seen young girls fight so hard to win. They were ecstatic.”
The players were awarded their trophy by Shellharbour’s Matildas star Michelle Heyman.
Coniston under 16 boys also tasted success at the tournament.