2013 Finals Series – the wrap

September 4, 2013

in News

By Greg Danvers

Bill Turner Media Manager

LAKE MACQUARIE Wednesday 4 September 2013:  FAIR play was the order of the day at the 35th Bill Turner Cup finals series.

In the girls Bill Turner Trophy final, between Hunter Sports and Westfields Sports, a rare moment of sportsmanship was on display – not many were witness – when Westfields coach Brody Crane called the ball his attacker was dribbling down the sideline out.

The referee’s assistant was blocked for a clear view of Princess Ibini-Isei’s advance but Crane, and others near the sideline (including myself) saw the ball fully across the sideline – Crane called to the referee the ball was out.

The throw in was awarded to Hunter – the crucial point here is that Westfields were on the attack well inside the closing minutes of extra time. Hunter won the game 4-2 on penalties after the score was locked at 0-0 at the end of regulation and extra time.

Both coaches spoke with Bill Turner Media after the game.
Hunter’s coach Ash Wilson:

Westfields coach Brody Crane:

The Bill Turner Cup Final, between Trinity Grammar and Cavendish Road, was of high quality and entertaining for the enthusiastic crowd on hand.

Trinity were deserved winners with a 2-0 victory to hoist the Cup – no easy task given the weight, not only of the cup but expectations of their respective schools, parents and peers.

Former Socceroo captain and current Football NSW Technical Director Alex Tobin enjoyed the matches and his comments are here:

Trinity were coached by Zlatko Arambasic and he too shared his thoughts as did Cavendish Road mentor Joel Smith.

Players of the series were Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, from The Hills and Nicholas Sullivan – Trinity Grammar. Luca Kmet, also of Trinity, won the player of the Bill Turner Cup final while Lorena Bugden, from Westfields, was awarded the same award in the Trophy Final.

Two new awards were introduced this year in Bill Turner’s honor – the Spirit of football award. Cavendish Road’s Frank Mudole was awarded the inaugural spirit of football award and Laynee Field (Hunter) won the girls equivalent with both players rewarded for their on and off field endeavours within their team, school and the community.


FINAL of Bill Turner Cup – Boys
Trinity Grammar (NSW) 2 (own goal 26m, Reece Sekulovski 34m) beat Cavendish Road State High (Qld) 0.
Player of the final: Luca Kmet (Trinity); Player of the series: Nicholas Sullivan (Trinity); Spirit of football award: Frank Mudole (Cavendish Road Qld).

FINAL of Bill Turner Trophy – Girls
Hunter Sports High (NNSW) 0 (4 pens) beat Westfields Sports High (NSW) 0 (2 pens).
Player of the final: Lorena Bugden (Westfields); Player of series: Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (The Hills Sports); Spirit of football award: Laynee Field (Hunter Sports).

Bill Turner Cup 3rd place playoff
St Edwards College, East Gosford (NSW) 2 (Dylan Di Sciascio 13m; Ricky Young 14m) beat Maribyrnong Secondary College (Vic) 0.

Bill Turner Trophy 3rd place playoff
The Hills Sports High (NSW) 3 (Monique Ballard 12m; Tyler Sparks 50m; Diarna Lombardo 56m) beat Harristown State High (Qld) 0.


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