Australia’s most esteemed junior football tournament for boys will take place in Coffs Harbour next week when FFA National Youth Championships for Boys kicks off.
Over 400 of Australia’s best young male footballers in the 13 Years and 14 Years divisions will participate in the tournament, with 25 teams from around Australia contesting the two age divisions. Each age division has two groups, Group A and Group B.
Northern NSW Football will be represented by four sides, two in each age division – Country and Metropolitan. Northern NSW Country sides are made up of players from Northern NSW Football’s four Northern zones; Mid North Coast, North Coast, Far North Coast and Northern Inland, with Metropolitan players originating from the three Southern zones; Hunter Valley, Macquarie and Newcastle.
The tournament held at Coffs International Stadium and commences on Monday, has been hosted by Northern NSW Football at the Coffs Harbour facility since 2006. The Championships are one of many major tournaments hosted by NNSWF to be conducted at Coffs Harbour International stadium in 2015.
Just last weekend, NNSWF hosted the NNSWF State Championships for Girls at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium, and throughout the year has also held the NNSWF State Championships for Boys (June) and Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls (July) at the same venue.
The stadium facility is of the highest standard and with the support of Coffs Harbour City Council and the resources of the Council’s Sports Unit in hosting the event, the tournament has received the highest accolades from all participants since its inaugural year in Coffs Harbour in 2006.
“Northern NSW Football is pleased to again host the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys which sees Australia’s best young male talent converge on Coffs Harbour to gauge their abilities against the best players from across the country,” said NNSWF Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Eland.
“With a Technical Panel consisting of FFA Coaching Staff in attendance throughout the week, the Championships provide young players with the opportunity for identification for future Australian team camps,” Mr Eland concluded.
The Northern NSW Metro 13 Years Boys will contest the Championships in Group A against Football West, NSW Metro, Queensland Metro, South Australia and Victoria Metro.
The Northern NSW Metro 14 Years Boys will compete in Group A against Football West, NSW Country NSW Metro, Queensland Metro, South Australia and Victoria Metro.
The Northern NSW Country 13 Years Boys will contest the Championships in Group B against Capital Football, NSW Country, Queensland Country, Tasmania and Victoria Country.
The Northern NSW Country 14 Years Boys will compete in Group B against Capital Football, Northern Territory, Queensland Country, Tasmania and Victoria Country.
The Championships conclude on Friday 2rd October when Champions will be decided before the presentation of trophies and medallions which will take place at 6:00pm.
The FFA National Youth Championships are proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Northern NSW Metro Squads
13 Years Northern NSW Metro
Head Coach: Jim Cresnar
Assistant Coach: Chris Bowling
|Alex||Hilton||New Lambton Hts||Emerging Jets|
|Dean||Larson||Belmont North||Emerging Jets|
|Nicholas||Martinelli||Elermore Vale||Emerging Jets|
|Jack||Pandel||Elermore Vale||Emerging Jets|
|Isaac||Quinn||Arcadia Vale||Emerging Jets|
|Adam||Sherratt||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
14 Years Northern NSW Metro
Head Coach: Ryan Campbell
Assistant Coach: Chris Bowling
|Kaleb||Cox||Raymond Terrace||Emerging Jets|
|Samuel||Donnellan||Adamstown Heights||Emerging Jets|
|Tristan||Esquilant||Anna Bay||Broadmeadow Magic|
|Brendan||Knowles||Speers Point||Emerging Jets|
|Anthony||Wood||Nelson Bay||Emerging Jets|
Northern NSW Country Squads
13 Years Northern NSW Country
Head Coach: Larry Budgen
Assistant Coach: Darrell Pascoe
|Harry||Amon||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Joshua||Gardner||Wauchope||Football Mid North Coast|
|Tao||Grieves||Armidale||Northern Inland Football|
|Joel||Guy||Coffs Harbour||North Coast Football|
|Sam||Hazelton-Kelly||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Aleki||Ingham||Skenners Head||Football Far North Coast|
|Ethan||Kendall||Sapphire Beach||North Coast Football|
|Tomasz||Kowalski||Moree||Northern Inland Football|
|Lachlan||Maher||Tamworth||Northern Inland Football|
|Jake||McCann||Armidale||Northern Inland Football|
|Sam||Modderno||Taree||Football Mid North Coast|
|Travis||Pascoe||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Zachary||Paunovic||Sawtell||North Coast Football|
|Aaron||Searle||North Boambee Valley||North Coast Football|
|Thomas||Sweeney||Moonee Beach||North Coast Football|
|Lachlan||Wilson||Tamworth||Northern Inland Football|
14 Years Northern NSW Country
Head Coach: Vic Stokes
Assistant Coach: Andy Lennon
|Charlie||Burton||Bangalow||Football Far North Coast|
|Lachlan||Clacher||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Chai||Davis||Belligen||Football Mid North Coast|
|Jesse||Fryer||Wollonbar||Football Far North Coast|
|George||Fuller||Tintenbar||Football Far North Coast|
|Eli||Gambley||McLeans Ridges||Football Far North Coast|
|Flynn||Goodman||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Kaleb||Gooley||Lismore||Football Far North Coast|
|Ambrose||Humphreys||Port Macquarie||Football Mid North Coast|
|Joshua||Jones||Taree||Football Mid North Coast|
|James||Lowe||Boambee East||Football Mid North Coast|
|Darcy||Newell||Bonville||Football Mid North Coast|
|Cooper||Sweeney||Tuncurry||Football Mid North Coast|
|Bayley||Topper||Cumbalum||Football Far North Coast|
|Ryan||Waite||Mitchells Island||Football Mid North Coast|
|Thomas||Westman||Grafton||North Coast Football|