Centenary Cup commences in great style


A cool day with a few showers set the scene for a great day of tournament football involving the cream of representative 12 year old footballers from the Metropolitan Representative League, Western Branch, Northern Tasmania and the local Balgownie club.
After two rounds (of five) of spirited competition we have three undefeated teams after Eastern Suburbs defeated Macarthur (2-1) and Southern Branch (3-1).  Illawarra have two wins from two starts over Southern Branch (2-1) and Ku Ring Gai (3-0) whilst the third undefeated side if Southern Districts with wins against Ku Ring Gai (5-3) and Macarthur (2-0).
Tomorrow (Wednesday) will separate this tris when Southern Districts meet both Illawarra and Eastern Suburbs in a very tough day of competition.  Illawarra will meet Eastern Suburbs on Thursday which will determine the quarter finalists.
One of the major highlights of this group was the unexpected, but just as outstanding win by the local Balgownie club over St George (3-2).  The other highlight was the undefeated run of Manly-Warringah who are alone at the top of the ladder on sic points after wins against Western Branch (3-0) and St George (3-0).  Saints are closely pursued on four points by Gladesville-Hornsby and Canterbury, with Balgownie on three points.
The excitement of this group will emerge when Manly-Warringah meet Gladesville-Hornsby and then Canterbury on Thursday to determine the Cup quarter finalists.
Sutherland are sitting alone on top in this group on six points following two wins from two over Granville (2-1) and Bankstown (3-0) but behind Sutho we have a traffic jam with Granville, Bankstown, Nepean and Northern Tasmania all on three points and surely the matches on Wednesday and Thursday will determine the quarter finalists from this group.
Highlight of the day from this group came the magnificent with by Northern Tasmania against Blacktown (1-0) which will long be remembered by the lads from Tassie long after they have returned home.
Hopefully the weather will clear to allow classy football from all sides and taking into account all the possibilities, the 2010 Centenary Cup is evolving into a very interesting tournament and well worth the trip down south for all the excitement at Balgownie.

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Larry Grant
Head of Competitions (A)