MacKillop Girls Make the Most of Football Opportunities
Congratulations to Zoe Karipidis from MacKillop Catholic College who has again been selected into the NSW All Schools U18 Girls Football Team. This follows on from an exciting 2022 which saw Zoe named in the Junior Matilda's squad that competed at the AFF U18 Women's Championship 2022 in Palembang, Indonesia. Zoe will now compete at the School Sport Australia Championships in Canberra in September.
We were also fortunate enough to have former MacKillop student Montana-Rose Currey as a selector at this years Broken Bay Secondary Football Championships. Montana reflected on her pathway through our Catholic Schools Broken Bay Sporting Pathways experience that have shaped her development and opened the door for an incredible overseas tertiary eductation experience -
"It was actually my particiation in primary Broken Bay girls soccer pathway that lead me to where I am today. I made the Broken Bay team all the way back in Year Five. However, it was the immense disappointment after being unsuccessful making the Polding team, that lead me to realise how much I loved the sport, and how I wanted to start taking it more seriously. I made the Polding team and narrowly missed out on the state team the following year.
During high school I realised I wanted to take my football even more seriously. After being spotted during a couple of my games, I was offered a spot at Northern Tigers in 2019 playing in the youth program which competes in the first division the NPL. This decision lead to many challenges, such as having to commute all the way to Sydney multiple times a week to play and train due to living on the Central Coast.
I continued my school soccer journey making the Broken Bay open girls team in year 8, captaining the side in year 12, then onto assisting with selection this year.
I will be leaving at the end of July to start my pre-season in Kansas City at Johnson County Community College. The date is swiftly approaching and it is something I look towards with excitement and nervousness. I know the next four years of my life are not completely certain and planned out compared to if I had decided to stay on the coast and go to my local university. However I know that these next years bring with them many new life lessons, experiences and will mould me into a better athlete and player in the sport that I love."