SOME of the best young soccer players took to the pitch in Bendigo for the Girls Country Championships.
Run across the Queen's Birthday long weekend, players from across the state competed to be crowned champions.
Bendigo fielded teams in the under-12, under-14 and under-16 competitions, playing against Albury/Wodonga, Ballarat, Geelong, Gippsland and Shepparton.
The under-16 Bendigo team lost 2-1 to Albury/Wodonga in the in final.
Bendigo's under-14 team also lost 7-1 to Alubury/Wodonga.
The Bendigo Amateur Soccer League hosted the event at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.