The Football NSW Country Cup took centre stage over the recent June Long Weekend as representative teams in the Under 12 Girls, Under 12 Boys, Under 13 Boys, Under 14 Girls and Under 14 Boys all featured in various venues and areas across the state.
Proctor Park at Bathurst played host to the Under 14 Boys and the Under 12 Girls tournaments.
It was the local teams that took part in the Grand Final with Dubbo FA taking out the Cup over Orange.
In the Under 12 Girls, Griffith FA took out the win in an epic penalty shoot-out over Shoalhaven FA.
South Nowra Sporting Complex hosted the Under 12 Boys, with the Griffith FA winning the Grand Final against the Southern Tablelands FA.
Lady Cutler Oval at Dubbo held the Under 16 Boys and it was the local Dubbo FA taking out the age group over derby rivals Orange FA.
Also in Dubbo, the Under 13 Boys tournament was staged where the results were reversed from the Under 13 Boys with Orange FA taking out top spot with Dubbo FA in second place.
Down at Broulee, it was local Association Eurobodalla FA that took out the Under 15 Boys category with fellow Southern Branch Association, Southern Tablelands FA coming in as Runners-Up.
Cookbundoon Sporting Complex at Goulburn was the venue for the Under 14 Girls and Under 16 Girls. It was Shoalhaven FA who continued its positive showing taking out both the Under 14s and Under 16s categories. Dubbo FA were the Runners-Up for the Under 14 Girls, while Eurobodalla FA took out the Runners-Up for the Under 16 Girls.
Football NSW’s Development Manager for Regional Football Andrew Fearnley was delighted with how the Cup competitions were received by participants in the push for growing and developing more future talented footballers from regional areas.
“It was a great opportunity for so many Regional Association teams to be able to compete against each other from within their own Branch and from outside their Branch.
“It provides the Association Representative teams with further competition to assist in developing players and coaches, while also allowing the Associations to test themselves against other Regional Associations.”
*Deploy was the Official Match Ball of the Football NSW Country Cup