Juvenile girls sort out Greenland and take home golden ulu
Walter Strong | Nuuk, Greenland
March 11, 2016
The NWT sent two teams to the juvenile girls gold medal futsal match against hometown favourites Greenland.
The first team took to court looking outclassed by a Greenland team that seemed to effortlessly keep all action in the NWT end of the gym.
It was a goal by Yellowknife’s Molly Gillard – the first goal for Team NWT – that brought out the girl’s second team, the team that won gold in Nuuk.
It’s not that Greenland lost their stride after that goal. They continued to play strong but the NWT girls were, from that point on, the better team.
This didn’t surprise coach Tonya Huck.
“I was expecting a really close game,” Huck said. “They had home court advantage, but I knew my girls were the hardest working and most intense team in the tournament. I knew we could win if we put it together and played as a team.”
Greenland played a box, said Wren Acorn, who also scored the team’s second goal.
“They pass (the ball) around until they can break free and get a shot on net,” Acorn said. “We don’t, we play man to man.”
Once the girls had Greenland sorted out, home court advantage didn’t mean much.
The final score was 3-2 thanks to a second Gillard goal, a golden goal in extra time.
The team will have gold ulus to wear to the closing ceremonies Friday night. After that, coach Huck plans to let the girls relax their guard a bit.
“I haven’t been letting them eat any pizza or buy any treats,” she said. “So I’m going to get them whatever they want tonight.”