Inaugural NSFA Thea Slatyer Cup 2023 Sets New Benchmarks in Girls’ Football

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Northern Suburbs Football Association’s inaugural Thea Slatyer Cup (Girls’ High School Football Tournament) proved to be a smash hit as many as 650 players from 48 teams across 29 participating schools celebrated across two-days of entertaining action at the North Turramurra Recreation Area.

Held on Monday November 14th and Tuesday November 15th at the home of the Northern Suburbs FA, schools from the Northern Suburbs and broader NSW participated in what was the largest event of its kind in the region.

“The event was a great way to bring schools from across our region and NSW together to participate,” said Kristi Murphy, Female Football Development Officer at NSFA.

“It was inspiring to see so many girls passionate about football and eager to compete.”

Kevin Johnson, CEO of NSFA, echoed Kristi’s sentiments, highlighting the significance of the tournament in promoting women’s football and encouraging participation among young girls.

“It’s great to showcase the opportunities we can provide to new and returning footballers,” he said.

“We hope that off the back of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, many of these girls choose to play football in 2024 and beyond.”

The NSFA Thea Slatyer Cup, held over two days, featured a Junior Cup on Day 1 for Years 7 & 8 teams, followed by the Senior Cup on Day 2 for Years 9 & 10 and Years 11 & 12 teams. Teams earned points through match victories, with bonus points awarded throughout the day for fair play and school spirit.

The tournament, named after former Matildas Thea Slatyer, is aimed to celebrate girls’ participation in football and foster a love for the sport.

As an Olympian and former member of the Matildas, Thea started her youth career at Northbridge FC and Greenwich FC. The NSFA Thea Slatyer Cup pays homage to her legacy and aims to inspire the next generation of talented female footballers.

Inspired by the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup and the growing popularity of women’s football in Australia, the NSFA Thea Slatyer Cup provided a platform for young female footballers to showcase their skills, develop their talents, and experience the camaraderie and sportsmanship that football offers.

Participating Schools

  1. Asquith Girls High School
  2. Brisbane Water Secondary College
  3. Chatswood High School
  4. Cumberland High School
  5. Galston High School
  6. Glendale Technology High School
  7. Glenmore Park High
  8. Gosford High School
  9. Hornsby Girls High School
  10. Kanahooka High School
  11. Ku-Ring-Gai High School
  12. Lindfield Learning Village
  13. Lisarow High School
  14. Marsden High School
  15. Mosman High School
  16. Muirfield High School
  17. Northern Beaches Secondary College
  18. Orange High School
  19. Pennant Hills High School
  20. Pittwater High School
  21. Plumpton High School
  22. Randwick Girls Hs
  23. Riverside Girls High School
  24. Ryde Secondary College
  25. St Leo’s Catholic College
  26. St Luke’s Grammar School
  27. The Hills Sports High School
  28. Tomaree High School
  29. Turramurra High School
  30. Wadalba Community School
  31. Westfields Sports High School
  32. Willoughby Girls High School
  33. Woonona High School