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Trevor Martin’s great big melting pot for State Cup

June 21st, 2021

Surging interest, and a spike in numbers in female football, has brought a welcomed challenge for North Coast’s entry into this year’s Women’s State Cup at Newcastle.
The experienced and impeccably credentialed Trevor Martin will coach the side, and he concedes the only hindrance to the campaign lurks in the geographical clubland spread of the players vying for selection.
Trials have brought players from all four of the 1st Division clubs, and from the top three in 2nd Division.
“Our biggest problem will be to get the players gelled. The potential’s there, but they all come from different clubs with different playing styles,” Trevor said.
“I’m still confident we’ll be competitive.”
Two of those trialing have come from as far afield as Maclean, who as a club have weighed into NCF women’s 1st Division this season.
“I’ve structured our nights so they are different from the club training nights. Everyone has been happy to come.”
Trevor said he would settle on a final squad of 16 for the State Cup tournament, and keep as many of the other players involved to cover any injuries and to provide testing game scenarios in training.
2021 will be NCF’s third tilt at State Cup, and historically they have succeeded.
“The first time we were a game away from getting into the finals,” Trevor said. “We’ve been able to go with the top WPL sides.”
The tournament will be run in a pools and then knockout format on the synthetic grounds at Speares Point, from July 2 to 4.

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