The Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the football calendar, with champions from each association pitted against each other in a knock out competition played in September / October.
FINALS RESULTS – CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS – 23 OCTOBER, 2016
Congratulations to the three (3) Sutherland Shire Football Association teams that made it to the Finals of this tournament in 2016 with all three claiming victory. Two for Cronulla Seagulls and one for Marton.
OVER 35 MEN
CRONULLA SEAGULLS V. NTH SYDNEY UNITED 4 – 0
Late charge sees Cronulla claim victory
An arm wrestle between two superb outfits capped off a stellar day at Valentine Sports Park.
Contesting the Over 35 PUMA Champion of Champions title, Cronulla Seagulls of the Sutherland Shire Football Assoication and North Sydney United of Northern Suburbs Football Association left it all on the park during an intense battle.
Ultimately it was the Seagulls who came out on top thanks to a flurry of late goals.
The composure of the two sides was impressive, as the settled into an evenly matched contest.
After a string of silky passes, North Sydney pressed heavily inside the 18-yard box only for the striker to fall to the ground in a heavy tackle. Despite the pleas from the men in red, the referee was unmoved.
In a half with limited opportunities to score, it was Cronulla’s Wright who had the best chance, his low strike deflected centimetres away from the North Sydney post by Tu.
Both sides were guilty of poor ball control in the opening exchanges of the second half, the costly errors amounting to little pressure.
The Seagulls sound found a consistent rhythm, with Green almost breaking the deadlock after a lovely through ball put him one-on-one with the goal-keeper.
A clever flick back to Murray saw him charge into the box and despite hitting his strike well, it ricocheted off the post.
It was turning into that sort of game where nothing seemed to be going right for the strikers.
Bowler pulled off a spectacular save in the 70th minute to deny North Sydney, diving at full stretch to tap the ball out.
The goal to break the deadlock was worth the wait, Oliver’s strike from one metre inside the right touchline curling into the top left corner to put Cronulla ahead.
Condon doubled the lead minutes later, dancing around the keeper and smashing his shot into an open goal before icing the game with two late goals to cap off an emphatic win.
North Sydney United 0
Cronulla Seagulls: 1 Jason BOWLER . 2 Adam TOFFOLO . 3 Darren SMITH . 4 Shane DUNN . 5 Stephen WOOSNAM . 6 Chris GORMAN . 7 Jeff PARKIN . 8 Matthew LUMB . 9 Trevor BROWNSDON . 10 Ben CONDON 12 Peter OLIVER 15 Simon MURRAY 17 James McMURRAY 19 Russell GREEN 23 David JOHNSON 28 Jayson WRIGHT 29 Craig ANDERSON 30 Darren BURGESS
North Sydney United: 1 Cuong TU 2 Steve ANDERTON 3 Brendan MURRAY 4 Alan MCGREGOR 6 Gary PARKER 8 James O’REILLY 14 Khalid TAHIRI 15 Marcus BENNETT 16 Philip WHELAN 23 James ANTIFILIOTUS 26 Ben COOK 29 Colin WILLIAMSON 33 James SNEDDON 35 Michael KROGER 37 Graeme NEILLY 38 Tim CULOVIC
-By Harry Easton
CRONULLA SEAGULLS V. AVALON 4 – 1
Seagulls power to Champions title
A stellar display from Sutherland Shire based side Cronulla Seagulls sparked a first-half goal fest in an entertaining 14 Girls PUMA Champion of Champions Final.
It was a battle of the beaches as Manly Warringah Football Association’s Avalon FC squared off with Sutherland Shire Football’s Cronulla Seagulls, and it was the latter that triumphed with a 4-1 victory
Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in the first 10 minutes, as some wayward passes missed their mark.
As the match opened up, Cronulla began to move the ball quickly to their wingers. An electric run up the right edge saw the ball cut back beautifully to Marvin, who tapped the ball home to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead.
Avalon struggled to keep pace as the Seagulls grew in confidence
Bad luck struck Avalon a few minutes later, with a Nolan header bouncing into her own goal.
Despite the 2-0 deficit, Avalon remained composed and would have had a few goals if not for the goal-keeping reflexes of Woods.
But a penalty awarded to Cronulla put Avalon further behind, with Finn making no mistake from the spot to push the lead out to three goals.
Avalon came out firing in the second half, finding a gear that was missing in the previous term.
After withstanding a passage of Seagull pressure, Molloy went on a barnstorming run thanks to a counter attack. But with just the goalkeeper to beat, she pushed her shot wide.
However, Avalon would soon be rewarded for their persistence, with a penalty awarded after a clumsy Seagulls tackle. Manger stepped up and struck sweetly to make it 3-1.
As the match entered the final stages, both teams struggled to mount consistent pressure as the afternoon sun began to wear them out.
A late Candiago goal killed off any chance off an Avalon comeback, as Cronulla held on to secure the PUMA Champion of Champions title.
Avalon FC 1 (Manger)
Cronulla Seagulls 4 (Marvin, OG Nolan, Finn, Candiago)
Avalon FC: 1 Arielle MADEW 2 Nina PATON 3 Molly BELL 4 Lara HAYGARTH 5 Macy CARROTHERS 6 Bronte DI NALLO 7 Zenne MANGER 8 Alannah AMET 9 Saskia STYLIANOU 10 Ella MOLLOY 11 Lily FAITHFUL 12 Daisy YOUNG 13 Anna NOLAN 14 Ciara SMITH 15 Kira JOHNSON 16 Lexi HARRISON
Cronulla Seagulls: 1 Matilda WOODS 2 Ava ORMAN 3 Charlotte GALLAGHER 9 Harriet HURST 10 Kiara LUCAS 15 Jessica FINN 17 Ana Clare ARAUJO 22 Summer HALLIWELL-QUINN 27 Ashleigh FINN 28 Gemma THORNLEY 29 Allegra CANDIAGO 37 Mia MARVIN 45 Rorie O’HARA 62 Harper SIDNEY, Mikayla FERNLEY
-By Harry Easton
OVER 30 WOMEN
WAKEHURST FC V. MARTON 0– 1
Marton win by slenderest of margins
The Over 30 Women PUMA Champion of Champions final might have been the last of the day’s kick-offs on VSP 1 between Wakehurst FC and the Marton Hammers, but it was thoroughly absorbing.
As expected it was a sedate but full bloodied beginning especially after Marton suffered a couple of early set-backs through injury, but what lacked in pace was more than made up for with commitment.
Sue Alagich broke the shackles in the 13’ minute and toe-poked toward the Hammers goal that Kylie Gandy, perhaps showing nerves, fumbled but regathered at the second attempt.
Elisa Stewart showed a good turn of pace down the right flank for Marton on a number of occasions however no-one was able to keep up and the decent crosses put in the area were squandered.
Marton opened the scoring through Amanda Duncan in the 29’ minute after great work down the left flank through Katrina Faulkner resulted in a tantalising centre that deceived Kylie Darkiewicz and found Duncan unmarked at the back stick to bundle home. It remained to be seen if they could hammer home their advantage.
With no further scoring the match went to the break with the Hammers holding the slenderest of leads.
Stewart again showed blistering pace down the right in ghosting past her marker before unleashing a shot that skimmed across the face of goal as Marton looked to seal the victory very early in the second period. Wakehurst looked totally bemused and without answer to the nippy winger problem.
Vicki Cerny was forced to head clear off the line from another Stewart effort as the Hammers pressed for a second and possible match winning goal.
Wakehurst did ride the onslaught and were able to wrest the match away from Marton for brief periods but were unable to mount any sustained pressure of their own and soon found themselves on the back foot once more.
Both hung in until the end with a myriad half-chances produced but not taken as the final few seconds dwindled away and when Faulkner scooped her shot over the bar it was more a sign of tired legs than anything else.
The 90’ minutes were played with good grace, everyone playing their part in a fiercely contest game only won by the smallest of margins by Marton and a special mention to Donna Stuart of the Wakehurst team who was a standout with her control and tireless running for the cause. Well played, outstanding effort.
Wakehurst FC 0
Marton FC 1 (A.Duncan 29’)
Wakehurst FC: Kylie DARKIEWICZ, Vicki CERNY, Dianne GUZZO, Catriona ORMOND, Nyree LOVETT, Sue ALAGICH, Debbie DAVIDSON, Georgie MEAKIN, Julie SHUGG, Melissa ORD, Rebecca JUNGHANS, Mary MURPHY, Deborah MAHER, Donna STUART
Marton: Kaylie GRANDY, Megan LAVENDER, Amanda DUNCAN, April JONES, Katrina FAULKNER, Jennifer DOSSETTO, Johanna BOYD, Jeanine PAYNE, Joanne ROGERS, Elisa STEWART, Jill DANES, Leah SPELTA, Louise VANDERGRAAF, Tracey KIRKLAND, Sharon SCULLY
-By Micky Brock