Saturday, November 16, 2019
Sutherland Shire Football Association

Bathurst Cup Champions 2018 – SSFA AYL U13


The Bathurst Cup is an invaluable experience for any team but perhaps more so for an U13’s side. Our team is newly built from opposing club sides as well as the SAP program – this is a time when all the rivalry that goes with years of competing against each other can finally be buried. Friendships are forged, and a mutual trust is built hopefully setting the boys up for a great season ahead.

The boys played 3 games on the Saturday with convincing wins in all of them earning them 1st place in their pool. Sunday is always a little difficult to back-up, but the boys should be proud of themselves as they lifted again from the day before to go into the grand final undefeated.

Our Grand Final opponents, Woden Weston Black came out a different side from the previous day and it was a tough battle on a wet and muddy field. WWB slotted a goal in moments before half time and so for the first time in the tournament we were behind 1:0. At half time Brian gave the boys an inspirational chat asking them to be patient and the results would follow. We were finally rewarded with a goal from Jordan two minutes before full time equalising the game 1:1. Golden goal rule now applied for a nail biting ten minutes. Although we were probably the stronger side a goal eluded our boys and the game ended in a draw.

A thrilling penalty shootout ensued resulting in a final winning score of 1:1 PSO: 3-2. A shootout is not for the faint-hearted and well done to all the boys (and parents) for staying calm and composed.  Results are probably secondary to the entire tournament experience, so it was certainly ‘icing on the cake’ for our boys to be named 2018 U13 Bathurst Cup Champions.

We could not be prouder of the boys for conducting themselves with such maturity and discipline on and off the field.  All the pre-season training is paying off with still plenty of room for improvement.  A big thank you to the parents for your support of the boys over this weekend.  We had every weather condition imaginable from searing heat to cold blustery rain, and your encouragement of the boys certainly helped them over the weekend.

Finally, a massive thank you to Brian for giving your time to coach the boys over the tournament. Your motivation and guidance (and your funny quotes and jokes) all made the weekend a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Tournament Stats
17 goals for : 2 goals against
Penalties 3 : 2
Will (4), Harry (3), Luke C (3), Jordan (3), Cooper (2), Dom (1), Dylan (1)
Penalty Shoot Out:
Cooper (1), Dylan (1), Luke G (1)

Cath Beardsley – Manager


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