Helena Errington wins Golden Ball for performances at OFC U-19 Championship

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Helena Errington has been awarded the Golden Ball trophy after being judged the most valuable player at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship.

Errington (17) was recognised for her individual performances during New Zealand’s march to their eighth OFC title in a row, gaining qualification to the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

New Zealand beat host nation Fiji 7-0 in Saturday’s final.

Errington played her early football for Waterside Karori and Western Suburbs before joining the Phoenix academy.

Main photo: Helena Errington … judged most valuable player at the tournament. Photo: OFC / Kirk Corrie — Phototek.

Auckland United’s Ruby Nathan (17) was awarded the tournament’s Golden Boot award for being the top goalscorer.

Nathan scored eight goals at the tournament.

Other New Zealand scorers were Zoe Benson (7), Kiara Bercelli (5), Emma Pijnenburg (4), Alexis Cook (4), Ella McCann (4), Manaia Elliott (3), Danielle Canham (2), Lara Colpi (2), Helena Errington (2), Rekekah Trewhitt (2), Charlotte Mortlock (1), own goal (1).

The Golden Glove award for goalkeeping performance went to Cook Islands’ Kimberley Uini.

Helena Errington. Photo: OFC / Kirk Corrie — Phototek.
Ruby Nathan. Photo: OFC / Kirk Corrie — Phototek.

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