An outstanding championship performance has seen the 11 Years Northern NSW (NNSW) Newcastle SAP squad and the 12 Years Mid North Coast squad take home the winning title of the First Touch Football Supplies (FTFS) State SAP Championships.
The three day tournament was played over the long weekend at the multi-million dollar upgraded C.ex International Stadium, Coffs Harbour.
With the winning teams based off points, the final day of matches had the crowds on edge as tournament leaders played off for top position on the ladder.
Leading the table from the previous day, the 12 Years Mid North Coast team kicked off the first game, championing the NNSWF Select SAP squad 6 nil.
The squad remained undeterred by its competition playing the final match of the day, facing off against Macquarie with a winning result of 3 nil.
An extremely tight game played between 11 Years NNSWF Select SAP and NNSWF Newcastle SAP saw the latter secure a victory of 1 nil.
Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Technical Advisor, Leo Bertos stressed the importance of providing young, talented players the opportunity to attend this tournament and similar events.
“It is vital for the development of NNSW’s talented football players to be afforded opportunities to compete at events such as the First Touch Football Supplies State SAP Championships, and we need to think of more ways we can increase these opportunities,”
“The NNSWF technical group and I found it very interesting to see how players performed during the tournament while managing an added pressure that the usual SAP environment does not have”,
“I witnessed a lot of talented players struggle to perform at their expected level due to not being able to handle this pressure,”
“Players we identified performed no matter the situation and this is a good characteristic of top-level players we look out for,” Bertos said.
NNSWF Senior Officer – Match Official Administration and Development, Brad Carlin commended the performance of the selected referees over the tournament, who were undertaking the Talented Official Program (TOP) Camp.
Carlin along with his assessors, named Layton Farley, from NNSWF Referees as the 11 Years Match Official Champion and Joseph Morris, from NNSWF as the 12 Years Match Official Champion.
Championships Winners and Full Day Three Results below;
Referees of the Championships
11 Years Champions
NNSWF Newcastle SAP
12 Years Champions
Mid North Coast
9:25am 11 Years NNSWF Select SAP 0 def. by NNSWF Newcastle SAP 1 (C. McFadyen 12′)
10:20am 11 Years Hunter Valley 1 (A. Zouein 18′) def. Northern Inland 0
12:10pm 11 Years Mid North Coast 0 draw North Coast 0
1:05pm 11 Years Hunter Valley 3 (D. Baker 2′ & 24′) def. Macquarie 1 (A. Wallwork 15′)
8:30am 12 Years Mid North Coast 6 (C. Page 13′, 20′, 33′ & 35′, F. King 26′, E. Cross 31′) def. NNSWF Select SAP 1 (P. Kerry 9′)
9:25am 12 Years Northern Inland 1 (J. Bender 27′) def. Hunter Valley 0
10:20am 12 Years Macquarie 1 (X. Trahair 20′) def. North Coast 0
11:15am 12 Years NNSWF Newcastle SAP 1 (L. Jackel 40′) def. 11 Years Emerging Jets 0
12:10pm 12 Years NNSWF Select SAP 1 (T. Dogan 6′) def. Northern Inland 0
1:05pm 12 Years Macquarie 0 def. by Mid North Coast 3 (L. Drew 12′, T. McKibbon 25′, C. Page 35′)