Northern NSW Finals – August 23

August 19, 2016

in News

By Greg Danvers
Media Manager

WHAT does the Matildas and Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College girls football teams have in common? Both were eliminated in the quarterfinals on penalties.


The Matildas were unceremoniously ejected by Brazil at the Rio Olympics while Trinity were booted out of the Bill Turner Trophy by Hunter Sports High in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday August 23.


After being level 1-all at the end of regulation time (60minutes) and a further 20minutes of additional extra time the Lismore lasses were rolled 6-5 by Hunter Sports High in the penalty shootout.

Hear what Ash Wilson – Hunter Coach – had to say: –

Hunter’s win sends them to the National Finals next month in Lake Macquarie while Trinity can now start planning for next year as do their school buddies the Trinity Boys team who were on the end of a four-goal drubbing by St Edwards of East Gosford in the Bill Turner Cup.

“They were a step up from us,” said Trinity’s boys coach Paul Archer.


“This is one of the strongest squads the school has had for a long time and they really stepped up. We had a couple of early chances, it might have been a bit different if one of those went in.”


St Edwards East Gosford manager Scott Beattie had plenty of praise for his team and is looking forward to next month’s finals: –

But let’s not loose sight of both the Trinity teams finished in the top eight of the Bill Turner Cup for Boys and the Bill Turner Trophy for Girls. 

“It was frustrating but the girls, they gave it their all,” said Trinity’s girls coach Tamika Morrisey.
“They have done the school proud and should be proud of themselves. It was a very physical game but our girls stuck it to them.

“And to get the boys and girls to this stage is really good for the school.”

The High Schools’ 15-years-and-under knockout football tournament kicks off in term two with around 800 schools – 400 boys and 400 girls – contesting the tournament that stretches from Cairns to Melbourne.

Hunter Sports High has been the most successful of the schools contesting the Northern NSW Finals having won the Bill Turner Trophy in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013. Hunter finished third last year.

Trinity Catholic College Boys last visit to the National Finals of the Bill Turner Cup was in 1989 where they beat Canberra High 1-0 to finish third. The Trinity Girls have never made the National Finals of the Bill Turner Trophy.

St Edwards of East Gosford have finished third on their two visits to the City of Lake Macquarie for the National Finals of the Bill Turner Cup. In 2003, with Oliver Bozanic in the side – a former Central Coast Mariner and Socceroo – St Eddies beat Griffith Catholic 1-0 in the third place playoff and had a 3-0 win over Maribyrnong Secondary College in 2013 to claim third place.


Bill Turner Cup quarterfinal: St Edwards East Gosford 4 (Luke Jacobs, Anthony Sparacino, Will Hamilton, Brandon Naprawski goals) beat Trinity Catholic College Lismore 0.


Bill Turner Trophy quarterfinal: Hunter Sports High 1 (6penalties) beat Trinity Catholic College Lismore 1 (5penalties).

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