Two stand-out performances from Football Mid North Coast in the 14 Years and Northern NSW (NNSW) Select SAP in the 12 Years have seen them crowned as the 2018 Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) State SAP Championship Winners.
It was a race to the top in the 12 Years, coming down to the very last matches of the day for Football Mid North Coast and NNSW Select SAP. A few missed chances and goal post hits saw Football Mid North Coast fall short to a 1-1 all draw against Northern Inland which confirmed NNSW Select SAP as the champions.
NNSW Select SAP, consisting of players from the Far North Coast region, were undefeated all tournament and lethal in attack scoring double the amount of goals than any of their challengers.
Football Mid North Coast in the 14 Years was undefeated all tournament and was dominant at both ends of the park, scoring more and conceding less than any of their opponents.
North Coast Football was hot on the heels all competition, however, their loss against Hunter Valley, unfortunately, held them short against their Mid North Coast rivals.
NNSWF Female SAP Advisor, Lauren Colthorpe who assessed the 12 Years Girls believes that the week has been very valuable to show where the players need to improve which also ‘helps the Technical Directors plan for next year.’
“There is still a long way to go but it’s great to see that there has been a decent level of improvement in the players which shows they’re on the right track,” Colthorpe said.
NNSWF Technical Director Michael Browne said the main objective of the tournament from his perspective was to select a squad of players who will be invited into a camp in January.
“This has been accomplished although hopefully, we will be able to add one or two players who were not playing this week,” Browne said.
“There were certainly some promising girls on show and we are looking forward to working with them in the New Year.”
However, Browne stated that there was still a lot of improvement in the technical level of players across the board as well as the coaches.
“With a few exceptions there is still the tendency for players to just kick the ball forward and hope for the best, players facing their own goal have a reluctance to pass the ball to their goalkeeper preferring instead to kick the ball out of play, and the ability to deal with aerial balls is another area that needs a lot of work.
“The onus is on coaches to instil in their players the confidence and ability to control the ball and to try and initiate attacks through passing the ball and movement off the ball in order to receive it.
“Undoubtedly this will lead to mistakes and possession being lost however technical improvement of players is far more important than results at a young age,” Browne concluded.
Players will be contacted in the next two weeks regarding their selection for the Identification Camp in January for the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls.