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Big reveal: North Coast squad for Women’s State Cup

June 29th, 2021

Master coach Trevor Martin has unveiled his team for this weekend’s Women’s State Cup at Newcastle – and there’s quality right across the pitch.
The final squad of 16 – whittled after a series of trials – includes players from Maclean, Urunga, Orara, Coffs Harbour and one from the National Premier League (NPL).
“My philosophy is for a possession-based style – patient, what they call proactive football,” Trevor said.
“That’s what we play at Urunga and with the backbone of the squad from Urunga it makes sense to retain that.”
Trevor said while the latest COVID restrictions had been a concern, it was all systems go for the tournament at Speares Point from July 2-4.
The State Cup will see a series of pool games, before progressing to a knockout format.
Two players from the Maclean club – Rachael Anderson and Emily Loy – have won selection and warrant merit badges for travelling regularly to Coffs Harbour for training.
“We’re feeling nervous and excited,” Rachael said.
“And we’re looking forward to upping our skill level through the experience.”
Emily said it had been “weird” to work alongside players who before the State Cup campaign had been opponents in club competition.
“You find out they’re actually really nice and fun to play with,” Emily said.
She said the State Cup experience would see all return to their clubs as better players.
“They’re (Maclean) behind us all the way,” she said.
North Coast team: Jessica Snow (gk), Lulu McGrath, Jordan Maddalena, Aheishi McPhillips, Emily Ruming, Katie Thorn, Brontie Barrera, Breanna Martin, Sophie Boyd, Helen Wells, Ally Gadd, Rachael Anderson, Willow Neal, Emily Loy, Ashley Sticker. Coach Trevor Martin, assistant coach Lisa Webb.

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