30th Bill Turner Trophy Grand Final

September 3, 2022

in News

By Greg Danvers
Media Manager

Thirtieth Bill Turner Trophy champion to be decided and Live Streamed on KommunityTV

BASS High School were crowned NSW State Champions, in 1991, in what was the first under-15 girls NSW Combined High Schools statewide knock-out competition.

On Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7, September 2022, Bill Turner School Football will stage the 30th Finals Series in what is now known as the Bill Turner Trophy for Girls.

Unfortunately COVID thwarted the 2020 and 2021 series but we are back with four exciting teams ready to take the field, only one can win the coveted trophy.

Bass High girls defeated Colo High School 4-1 in the inaugural final where Michelle Watson (pictured below receiving her award) was named the “best and fairest” with a stunning hat trick of goals.

Coach Peter de Jong, pictured below, described Michelle’s third “a beautiful curling shot from 25 metres out”. 

Michelle Watson was the first, of many to follow, who have represented their country with the Matildas having played in what is now the Bill Turner Trophy.

“The spectators were treated to some tremendous saves by the goalkeeper Natalie Harrison. One in particular, a great reflex action which pushed the ball onto the crossbar and out of harm’s way, frustrating the Colo attackers,” de Jong wrote in his match report.

“This final was won, not just in one night, but as a result of hard work in our wins to reach the final … by the efforts and hard work of all the girls (pictured below).”

Bill Turner School Football took the Girls competition under their wing in 2000 when NSW CHS was struggling to resource the competition and it has grown substantially to the point where schools from Cairns to Melbourne feature. 

Bass Hill may have well been the first to introduce social media with this caricature from the winning team:

2022 Bill Turner Trophy Finals Timetable:

All games will be Live Streamed on: KommunityTV

Venue: Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Park Street, SPEERS POINT NSW 2284

Day 1 Tuesday 6 September

11am Semi-Final 1: Cairns State High -v- Westfields Sports High

12.30pm Semi-Final 2: Central Coast Sports College -v- Rowville Secondary College (Melbourne)

Day 2 Wednesday 7 September

10am Third Place Play-off: Day 1 Semi Final 1 losers -v- Day 1 Semi Final 2 losers

1pm 30th Bill Turner Trophy GRAND FINAL:  Day 1 Semi Final 1 winners -v- Day 1 Semi Final 2 winners


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