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Soccer season closes with local teams crowned Champion of Champions in Coffs Harbour

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Local junior teams have backed up their premiership wins with great results at the Northern NSW Champion of Champions tournament held in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Local premiership teams took on the best teams across six other zones in Northern NSW (basically north of Newcastle) to secure even more silverware for 2023.

Bangalow

The Bangalow Bluedogs U/16 side lost one game on their way to the Championship final, which they were able to win 2–0 against Port Maquarie side, Port United.

‘It was an awesome end to the season,’ said coach Damian Bisoqni.

‘They are a beautiful bunch of kids, from different schools and with different backgrounds, but they really gelled as a team’.

‘As they’ll be in seniors next year, there is a chance this was the last time the team will play together. Some players have been in the side for the last 10 years.

Byron Bay FC

The Byron Bay boys U/14 side also came away from Coffs Harbour with a Champion of Champions trophy after beating Coffs City United in the final, but not before a nail-biting penalty shoot out.

‘Both sides missed their first shot, but Coffs also missed their last, while we were able to put ours away,’ coach Guido Marchetti said.

‘It was the perfect end to the season,’ he said.

The Byron Bay girls U/14 also had a good competition winning their first three games of the competition.

Their efforts took them to the finals where they were beaten 1–0 by rivals Tintenbar East Ballina, a side that didn’t concede a goal for the whole tournament (six games).

Alstonville

The Alstonville U/15 boys side also had a cracking tournament and claimed the Champions trophy after being undefeated throughout, and winning the final 5–0 against Woolgoolga.

Their U/13 boys side also became Champion of Champions when they won the penalty shoot out (6–5) to win their final against Iona SC Roar.


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