The Woden Valley Redbacks were judged by the Football Federation of Australia to be the "Junior Team of The Year".
A truly sensational result for the Players, Coaches and Parents of the Under 14 Woden Valley Redbacks.
Can a season in football get better than this? Hard to imagine.
The Under 14 Redbacks and their families raised $90,000 selling raffle tickets with the dream of competing in two of the world’s largest junior club football tournaments in Europe.
During the Gothia Cup in Sweden this year they competed against 80 teams in their age group, eventually losing the final of Group B in a penalty shootout and only conceding two goals in normal time during the tournament.
Moving on to the Dana Cup in Denmark the girls from Canberra were up against 33 other Under 14 teams and were undefeated in their eight games to claim the championship.
During their entire tour the girls the girls won 12 games, had two draws and two losses. In their last 15 games they only conceded one goal in normal time. Importantly their sportsmanship was acknowledged by all of their opponents, many of whom became supporters for later games.
Fifteen of the girls have gone on to represent the ACT in futsal and outdoor and they have now set their sights returning for the Gothia Cup as under 16s and competing in the prestigious Dallas Cup next year.
The Woden Valley Redbacks under 14 team at the 2011 Australian Football Awards at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.