Bossley Park take out Bill Turner Cup in thriller
Bossley Park High have won the 31st Bill Turner Cup at Edgeworth in a hard fought match against Queensland?s Cavendish Road State High.
An own goal off the boot of tall centre back Alex Hastings gave Bossley Park a 1-0 advantage at the 33-minute marker. But Cavendish Road were not out of the contest, go forward and defending in numbers.
The match was locked at nil-all at the break after what can only be described as an arm wrestle between two very good quality teams.
Bossley Park demonstrated from the opening whistle that their intention was to attack.
Two minutes had just passed when the first corner of the game was delivered into a crowded Cavendish Road penalty area.
The defence stood tall and the partisan Bossley crowd began to sing: BOSSLEY, BOSSLEY, BOSSELY.
The tempo increased then dropped off as both sides found their pace, no quarter given or asked, with tackles willing, the running fast and the ball skills abounding.
On 15-minutes Bossley?s Luke Clifford broke away down the left side and crossed into the Cavendish Road area, the ball fell for Damien Smith but the chance was denied.
Three minutes on Peter Makrillos watched on as his right foot strike was headed away at the far post by Cavendish Road?s Corey Santos.
Bill Turner Cup (Boys) Grand Final
Bossley Park High [NSW] 1 (og 33m) beat Cavendish Road State High [Qld] 0.
Auscraft Star Player: Mitchell Osmond.
Supported by Nestle Peters
Bossley Park High School. (NSW)
Aaron Messina, Vicenzo Costa, Luke Mesiti, Mitchell Osmond, Peter Makrillos, Iain Garrett, Luke Clifford, Dylan Siyvala, James Do, Damien Smith, Nicholas, Colantonio, Domenic Dileo, Jason Starr, Antony Cachia, Steven Srzich, Tyrone Gatt .
Cavendish Road State High School (Qld)
Matt Stein, Andrew Thompson, Jake Byrnes, Travis Berg, Hayden Gay, Corey Santos, Jack Fitzsimmons, James Millar, Mario Perkic, Raymond Le, Jonathan Dover, Andrew Malvenan, Alex Hastings, Mikhail Hastings, Alex Winters, Alex Schiavo.
Referee: Jordan Langholz
Assistant Referees: Steve Courtney, Nick Robinson.
Fourth Official: Pat Bellingham.
-By Greg Danvers
Bill Turner Trophy (Girls) Grand Final
Westfields Sports High [NSW] 1 (30m og) beat Illawarra Sports High [NSW] 0.
Auscraft Star Player: Caitlyn Foord of Illawarra Sports High
Supported by Nestle Peters
Westfields Sports High claim Bill Turner Trophy
Illawarra Sports High School, playing in their first Bill Turner Trophy Grand Final, met a very talented Westfields Sports High School team in an exciting match that showcased the large amount of young, talented female footballers playing in NSW.
Westfield had the better of the early stages but were consistently denied any real scoring chances by the resolute Illawarra defenders. Vanisha Kumar was making many penetrating runs for Westfield but succumbed to an injury and had to be replaced midway through the first half. Illawarra started to get more into the game and Caitlin Foord had a golden chance to open the score in the 23rd minute but Westfield goalie, Georgina Rowntree, made a great save by diving at her feet just as she was about to shoot for goal.
With one minute to go before halftime, Westfield attacked and Illawarra succumbed to the heavy pressure and unluckily a defender put the ball into her own net for the opening goal
The second half turned out to be a very even affair with both teams playing attacking football. With one minute to go, Illawarra had a good opportunity to equalize with a free kick one metre outside the Wesfields penalty area but the ball went well over the crossbar.
Westfield hung on for a one nil victory and took out their second Bill Turner Trophy in succession
Illawarra Sports High School.
Brook Perkiss, Stephanie Mitrevska, Cailtin Caldwell, Lana Dimovska, Amy Clayton, Cayla Constable, Kristina Janeska, Rikki-Lee Wardle, Caitlin Foord, Madison Varglien, Madison Rodgers, Emily Matthews, Catherine Bullivant, Logan Garard, Ainslie Lyons, Kelly MacDougal, Brittany Lindsay.
Westfields Sports High School.
Georgia Rowntree, Rhianna Pollicina, Madison Burgin, Shelby Milton, Alex Huynh, Melissa Caceres, Samantha Huynh, Cayla White, Vanisha Kumar, Candace Sciberras, Tiffany Brooke, Amy Harrison, Alanna Kenneedy, Renee Krstanovska, Patricia Charalambous.
Referee: Ray Ashborne.
Assistant Referees: Charlie Stevens and Adam Gehrig.
Fourth Official: Chad Herron.
-By Ray Sandell
Bill Turner Cup 3rd place play-off
Endeavour Sports High 7 (Ayaz Dar 5m, Micky Neil 14m 42, Alex Vrovski 18m, Bobo Najdouski 22m, Florin Binakaj 29m, Justin Aramburu 49m) beat Daramalan College 2 (Giovanni Spissu 32m, Adam De Franceschi 38m).
Bill Turner Trophy 3rd place play-off
Hunter Sports High [Northern NSW] 3 (Tara Andrews 6m, 10m, 12m) beat Harristown State High [Qld] 1 (Nikeesha Hansen 47m).