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Alstonville Oceania Cup full of spirit

The Villa FC Crew tackle Richmond Rovers. Photo Supplied

The Villa FC Crew tackle Richmond Rovers. Photo Supplied

Thirty-six teams competed in the 4th women and girls Oceania Cup football tournament held in Alstonville over the long weekend.

The majority of the teams come from local north coast clubs but sides travelled from as far as Brisbane and Sydney to compete.

All up 99 games were played, according to event organiser Matt Wiltshire, junior competitive vice-president with the Alstonville Villa Football Club.

‘The theme of the tournament is participation and friendship.

‘We had a lot of players who had not played football before this weekend, thus we gave girls the opportunity to try football and be part of a team,’ he said.

‘There was great sportsmanship displayed across all age groups and everyone had a smile on their face at the end of the weekend–win, lose or draw.’

The Villa FC is one of the biggest in the area and has a large contingent of female teams so it has a focus on promoting female football.

‘This was where the idea for the Oceania Cup came from’.

Results

  • U/12 Joint Winners: Lennox Head & Dunoon United
  • U/14 Winners: Woopi Wanderers (Woolgoolga)
  • U/16 Winners: Villa FC Red Devils
  • Open B Winners: Maclean Bobcats
  • Open A Winners: Villa FC, after penalty shootout with Leichhardt Jags.

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