About this year’s National Finalists

August 27, 2016

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By Greg Danvers – Media Manager


Cavendish Road State High is located in Brisbane’s South East and will be contesting their eighth finals series having won in 2003 and 2004 along with being runners-up in 2010.

To reach the 2016 finals Cavendish Road accounted for: Mansfield SHS 5-0, Palm Beach Currumbin 4-3 on penalties, St Ursula’s Toowoomba 4-1 and Cairns SHS 1-0.

Hunter Sports High is located at Gateshead in the City of Lake Macquarie and being one of the most successful schools in the history of the tournament having won the Bill Turner Trophy in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013 and will be contesting their 13th finals series. Hunter beat Whitebridge High 15-0, St Pius X 4-3, International Football School 7-2, Hunter Valley Grammar 1-0 and Trinity Catholic College 6-5 on penalties after being 1-all at the end of extra time. Hunter will be out to improve on last year’s third place.

Pymble Ladies College is situated on Sydney’s North Shore and will make their debut in the Bill Turner Trophy finals series after being victorious over St Leo’s College 6-1, Narrabeen Sports High 9-2, NBC Mackellar Girls 4-0, Muirfield 2-1, Endeavour Sports High 9-1 and The Hills Sports 4-3.

St Marys Star of the Sea is located in Wollongong and like Pymble Ladies College make their debut in the finals after beating Illawarra Grammar School 6-1, Ulladulla High 4-0, Holy Spirit Bellambi 2-1, Mudgee High 6-0 and Overnewton Anglican College 3-0.


Kawana Waters State College is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and are making their Bill Turner Cup finals debut having beaten: St Johns Nambour 9-0, Maroochydore SHS 3-0, Chancellor College 3-1, Grace Lutheran College 8-2, Emma’s Rockhampton 6-2, Ignatius Park Townsville 5-1 and Cavendish Road SHS 1-0.

St Edwards College is situated at East Gosford and will be looking to be third time lucky after two third place finishes – 2003 and 2013. St Edwards beat: Brisbane Water College 5-0, Kincumber High 8-0, Wadalba Community  4-1, Henry Kendall High 2-1, ASC St Peters Maitland 1-0, St Philips College Waratah 3-0 and Trinity Catholic College Lismore 4-0.

The Hills Sports is located in Seven Hills, in the west of Sydney and won the Bill Turner Cup in 2006, were runners-up in 2005 and 2012. The Hills beat: Mamre Anglican College 3-0, Bede Polding College 5-0, Quakers Hill High 3-0, Westfields Sports 2-0 and Bossley Park High 2-0.

Illawarra Grammar is located at Mangerton in the Illawarra region, and like Kawana Waters, are making their Bill Turner Cup finals debut having beaten: Keira High 11-2, Holy Spirit Bellambi 4-2, Figtree High 8-1, Warilla High 4-0, Edmund Rice College 1-0, Knox Grammar 4-0 and John Fawkner College Melbourne 2-1.

An interesting snapshot is that Westfields Sports High are absent from this year’s finals series. The Westfields Girls have competed in 16 finals series after winning their first title – of 10, on debut in 1995. The Westfields Boys, winning on debut in 1991, have won eight Cup finals, four runners-up medals from 14 appearances on the national stage.

Timetable of events: Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, 13 Park Road, Speers Point.

Tuesday September 6

10:00 Civic Reception hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council.


12:00 S/F 1 Cavendish Road SHS (Qld) v Hunter Sports High (Northern NSW)

13:30 S/F 2 Pymble Ladies College (NSW) v St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Wollongong (NSW)


15:00 S/F 1 Kawana Waters SC (Qld) v St Edwards, East Gosford (NSW)

16:30 S/F 2 The Hills Sports (NSW) v Illawarra Grammar (NSW)

Wednesday September 7

Third place play-offs

10:30 Bill Turner Trophy – S/F losers

12:00 Bill Turner Cup – S/F losers


13:30 Winner S/F 1 v Winner S/F 2


15:15 Winner S/F 1 v Winner S/F 2


The National Finals of the 38th Bill Turner Cup (Boys) and the 26th Bill Turner Trophy (Girls) are eagerly awaited by the eight competing 15-years-and-under High School Football teams.

From over 800 high schools (400 boys and 400 girls) stretching from Cairns to Melbourne, the knockout tournament will reach this year’s pinnacle at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point on Tuesday September 6 and Wednesday September 7.

On Tuesday (September 6) the top four teams, after being welcomed at the traditional Civic Reception hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council, will play semi-finals, firstly the Bill Turner Trophy then the Bill Turner Cup with the National Finals to be contested by the winners of each semi-final on Wednesday (September 7).


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