2015 Bill Turner Cup – results and reports

August 29, 2015

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logoBy Greg Danvers – Media Manager

Wednesday 2 September

Venue: Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, 13 Park Road, Speers Point.



Westfields Sports (NSW) 3 (Makis Petratos 5m; Rani Najjarine 14m; Mohamed Najjar 22m) beat Ipswich Grammar (QLD) 1 (Ju-Ho Lee 60m).

IMG_0312Bill Turner Spirit of Football Award:

Riley Dinsdale – Maribyrnong College.








IMG_0315Player of the Final:

Rani Najjarine – Westfields Sports High








IMG_0319Player of the Series:

Luke Manifanas – Maribyrnong College.








Westfields Sports have lifted the Bill Turner Cup for an eighth time with a well deserved 3-1 victory over first timers Ipswich Grammar at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

While Westfields three goals inside 22minutes secured the win Ipswich Grammar didn’t allow their opponents an easy passage. A late goal, after many promising raids were turned away by the Sydney-siders, the lads from Queensland never gave in.

Westfields entertained the supporters with some excellent tika-taca and possession based football – their skill levels belied their age.

Casey De Bruin, the Westfields mentor, was pleased with his squad and the football they played:


Ipswich Director of Football – Mark Fancourt – was, too, impressed with the boys from Westfields and over-the-moon with the effort of his school’s representatives:


Bill Turner Cup Third place play-off

Maribyrnong College (VIC) 2 (Aleks Taleski 55m, Aaron Anderson 59m) drew with ASC St Peters, Maitland (Northern NSW) 2 (Jacob Mosely 54m, Matt Fogarty 57m).

Match report – by Bob Brooks

Having negotiated seven earlier rounds of the Under 15 boys Bill Turner Cup the Northern NSW winners found the Victorian and Southern champs difficult opponents in the Play Off. ASC St Peter’s Maitland battled gamely to force an eventual two all draw. Maribyrnong College had most of the play but were frustrated by an able and solid defence. The St. Peter’s goalie was the busier of the two in the first half.

The Victorians were determined to attack in the second half and this they did. However it was the Maitland team that scored the first goal. It came from a direct free kick on the edge of the opponent’s penalty box. Jacob Moseley flighted his kick expertly and powerfully into the net. Within a minutes Maribyrnong were back on level terms. It was the lively and ever-threatening Aleks Taleski who brought up the goal.

St. Peter’s drove forward once more within seconds of the restart. They led by the odd goal in three. Another free kick, this time from the left, was hammered home by the big, bustling striker, Matt Fogarty. As the referee checked his time pieces Aaron Anderson placed an excellent free kick into the net. Amazingly the game had been at nil – nil with just six minutes to go but ended two goals each.

Maribyrnong Coach Brian Venaga believes the development of his players has been enhanced by playing in the Tournament:


ASC St Peters Maitland coach Phil Peate was disappointed for his side but more so proud of their efforts to bounce back from an 8-0 drubbing by Westfields Sports in the semi final:


IMG_0262Special thanks to former Socceroo Mile Sterjovski (Right), who had come to watch the Maribyrnong side, coached by his brother-in-law Brian Vanega (Left) who willing accepted the invitation to present awards to all the 3rd place play-off players and support staff – thanks Mile!







Played on Tuesday 1 September, 2015.

The Civic Reception, hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council, was highlighted by the attendance of Matildas Coach Alen Stajcic who addressed all players.

Here’s Alen’s interview and words of encouragement to all players and inspiration for aspiring coaches:


The Bill Turner Cup semi finals provided the spectators with a goal fest – Westfields netting eight while newcomers Ipswich Grammar found their way to goal twice with Maribyrnong finding some consolation with a quality goal late in the game – but not enough to challenge the boys from Queensland.

Ipswich Grammar (QLD) 2 (Alex Parsons 15m, 41m) bt  Maribyrnong College (VIC) 1 (Benjamin De Lacey-Turner 47m).

Westfields Sports (NSW) 8 (Daniel Wilmering 20; Mohamed Najjar 25, 32m; Antonis Martis 29m; Rami Najjarine 35m, 54m; Makis Petratos 47m pen; Tony Yang 58m pen) bt ASC St Peters, Maitland (Northern NSW) 0.

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