Bill Turner Cup – Semi Finals

September 6, 2011

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Written by Greg Danvers on Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Westfields Sports High will play Patrician Brothers Blacktown in the 33rd final of the Bill Turner Cup at Jack McLaughlin Field at Edgeworth on Wednesday 7 September.

Westfields beat Brisbane’s Cavendish Road 2-1 on penalties, after the score was locked at nil-all at the conclusion of regulation and golden-goal extra-time, in the first semi-final.

Patrician Brothers Blacktown accounted for Griffith’s Marian Catholic College 4-3 in an enthralling second semi-final.

Westfields Sports High, the 2010 champions, are the most successful school in the Bill Turner Cup history contesting ten finals – winning six and runners-up in four.
Westfields won the Bill Turner Cup in 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2010. Runners-up in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Westfields now have the opportunity to win a seventh Bill Turner Cup final while they also have the chance to win a third double after the girls beat Cavendish Road 1-0 in the Bill Turner Trophy in their semi-final.

The Bill Turner Cup and Trophy double has only been achieved three times previously, twice by Westfields (1995 and 2010), and Hunter Sports High in 2007.

Match Reports and Results: By Greg Danvers
Semi-finals played at Jack McLaughlin Field, Edgeworth on Tuesday 6 September, 2011

S/F 1: Westfields Sports High (NSW) 0 (2) bt Cavendish Road State High (QLD) 0 (1) on penalties.

Unfortunately penalties were required to separate these two quality sides. For 60-minutes of regulation and then 20 of golden-goal extra-time the nil-all stalemate could not be broken.

Both teams, with enterprising inter-play and passing, pressed their opposition looking for the deciding goal.

Under the Bill Turner Cup regulation, in extra-time, each team dropped off a player at each five-minute marker. This made for even more enterprising attack and desperate defence.

The last five minutes the tension on the sidelines reflected the desire of both teams to secure a winner. The coaches probably aged considerably given the mounting tension and expectation of a finals berth.

Westfields converted their first two penalties while Cavendish Road could only steer one past the Westfields custodian.

S/F2: Patrician Brothers Blacktown (NSW) 4 (Sebatian Ceza 5m, Joshua Currie 33m, 58m; Rory McGeown 51m) bt Marian Catholic College Griffith (NSW) 3 (Shaun Villata 17m, Joey Arena 26m, Jake Aramini 42m)

The second semi-final of the Bill Turner Cup was completely different from the first – a goal fest – seven in all.

Patrician Brothers of Blacktown took the lead in the fifth minute, Marian Catholic College of Griffith replied 20-minutes on to level the ledger at 1-all. Joey Arena gave Marian confidence to with left foot volley into the top corner of the net deep into the first half for a 2-1 advantage.

The vocal crowd that was on hand to witness the second half strapped themselves into their seats for four goals in the final 30-minutes.

Patrician Brothers levelled soon after the resumption, Marian replied to lead 3-2 but the Blacktown boys converted twice to book a final’s appearance with Westfields.


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