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42nd Challenge Cup – Nambucca

March 16th, 2022

NAMBUCCA Strikers are preparing to host the biggest pre-season event on the North Coast Football calendar.

The annual Challenge Cup Tournament is set to be held over three big days of football this weekend, kicking off on Friday night at Coronation Park.

This year will be the first time since 2019 the annual event will be held, after the last two years were cancelled due to COVID and flooding.

The 2022 Challenge Cup will feature open men’s and women’s divisions as well as a men’s 35’s, with teams travelling from as north as Byron Bay and as south as Sydney to compete for the prize money on offer.

Nambucca Strikers president Keily Chase explained what made the Challenge Cup such a special event.

“It’s our biggest event of the year, and people look forward to it all year round,” she said.

“This is the 42nd Challenge Cup, and a lot of the same people have been coming for a long time,” she said.

“It’s the opportunity to see so much football in the one place in one weekend, and its just good family fun.”

The Strikers president said numbers were strong for this year’s festival of football.

“We have 12 open men’s sides, 7 men’s 35s, and 7 open women’s teams, and the women’s will be 11-a-side for the first time,” she said.

“We have teams coming from places such as Byron Bay, West Pymble, Armidale, and Glen Innes, as well as local teams.”

Chase said the Strikers were pumped up to host the event for the first time in three years.

“We’re so excited to have it this year as we haven’t been able to hold it for the past two years,” she said.

“The committee met on Monday afternoon and gave it the all clear to go ahead, so it’s been a mad rush to get organised, but we can’t wait.”

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