Warners Bay FC Crowned Inaugural Women’s State Cup Champions
Warners Bay FC overcame WPL rivals Merewether FC 1-0 to win the inaugural Women’s State Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers had extra motivation heading into the Grand Final, with the ghost of their narrow 4-3 WPL Grand Final loss to Merewether fresh in their minds.
Cassidy Davis made all the difference in the Final, unleashing a 30 yard screamer 9 minutes into the match to give Warners Bay a deserved lead. Warners Bay then managed to hold onto the lead and had the better chances in what was otherwise an even game.
Davis, currently the coach for Warners Bay, said “It was good having all the teams come in from across the Northern NSW to play, there were some really talented teams and a few that surprised us with their quality. It was a bit of fun, but toward the end we had to get a bit more serious and really push hard to win the first ever State Cup”
“It’d be great to aim for a women’s version of the FFA Cup, and these initiatives are the first step toward a nationwide competition.”
The Cup, a three-day event with 16 teams and over 30 games, was the first of its kind in Northern NSW, and an event that NNSWF’s Female Development Officer, Nyssa Suchanow, says represents NNSWF’s commitment to Female Participation.
“It’s a huge step, it just shows that Northern NSW Football is committed to moving the game forward. I don’t think this is a competition that is established in other States, FFV has an established competition, but for us it’s a really big, positive step and I think the girls here today saw that we’re trying to make the experience better for them, and to give them opportunities to have some form of equity in regards to the comparison between Women’s and Men’s football.”
The Women’s State Cup saw teams from Armidale, Tamworth, Football Far North Coast and North Coast Football travel to Newcastle to take on clubs from the WPL and local competitions in the Hunter region.
Some of these sides fielded W-League players, making the experience all the more valuable for travelling teams.
However, the difference between regional and metro squads was unrecognisable, highlighted by the fantastic results of North Coast Football, who surged into the Semi Finals and overcame Merewether FC in their final Group match on Sunday morning.
Northern NSW Football would like to thank all participants including referees, officials, volunteers, players and coaches in helping make the Inaugural Women’s State Cup a successful event.
Sunday 24th September, Day Three – NNSWF Women’s State Cup
Warners Bay FC 1 (Davis, C. 9′) def. Merewether FC 0
SF1: Warners Bay FC 5 (Stapleford, S. 9′, Davis, C. 17′, Kingsley, J. 23′, Squires, N. 42′, Pender, T. 50′) def. Wallsend FC 2 (Hall, L. 6′, Copus-Brown, L. 31′
SF2: North Coast Football 1 (Skinner, S. 45′) def. by Merewether FC 2 (Quinlan, L. 30′, Hartree, S. 50′)
QF1: Warners Bay 4 (Davis, C. 14′, Stapleford, S. 19′, Kingsley, J. 35′, 43′) def. Mid North Coast 0
QF2: Wallsend 1 (Phillips, S. 24′) def. Thornton Redbacks 0
11:00am Adamstown FC 5 (Quinn, M 16′, Rocteur, J. 4′, D’Amico, A. 9′, Nash, T. (OG) 14′, Lucas, L. 15′) def. Garden Suburb 0
11:00am NIF Armidale 1 (Rankmore, P. 8′) def. by Mayfield FC 5 (Neilson, A. 10′, 12′, 24′, Nicol, D. 20′, Haws, L. 47′)
10:00am North Coast Football 2 (Skinner, S. 25′, Martin, B. 38′) def. Merewether FC 0
10:00am Barnsley Utd 3 (Callinan, E. 21′, 40′, 41′) def. Newcastle University 2 (Wills, E. 16′, Pierce, K. 36′)
9:00am New Lambton FC 1 (Kingston-Hogg, P. 12′) def. by Football Mid North Coast 3 (Anderson, C. 18, 21′, Chambers, A. 24′)
9:00am NIF Armidale 0 def. by Thornton Redbacks 5 (Kennedy, J. 6′, 15′, 17′, Dean, M. 46′, Power-Walford, K. 50′)
8:00am Football Far North Coast 0 def. by Warners Bay FC 7 (Kingsley, J. 11′, 20′, Davis, C. 12′, Stapleford, S. 15′, 17′, 47′, Campbell, T. 43′)
8:00am Wallsend FC 5 (Copus-Brown 1′, 22′, Hall, L. 37′, Gawthrop, K. 39′, Hunter, K. 49′) def. Cooks Hill 0
Saturday 23rd September, Day Two – NNSWF Women’s State Cup
Sixteen women’s teams from across Northern NSW arrived at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Saturday for Day Two of the inaugural Women’s State Cup.
The Cup officially kicked off on Friday Night, with 8 local teams playing their first fixtures from 6:30pm. Day Two saw the remaining regional teams arrive for a 9:00am start, which allowed all teams to play two games by the final whistle on Saturday.
In oppressive heat, as temperatures soared above 30 degrees, five teams managed to qualify for the Quarter Finals with a game in hand. Impressively, North Coast Football qualified as the only non-WPL team so far, with two strong performances against Barnsley and Newcastle University. They play Merewether in the morning to decide the group leaders, as both teams currently sit in equal 1st position.
Joining them in the Quarter Finals is Group A leaders Warners Bay, Group B leaders Thornton Redbacks and Group D leaders Adamstown Rosebud FC.
Warners Bay will feel they have a point to prove, following a narrow loss to Merewether in the WPL Grand Final a month ago. With the loss still fresh in their minds, they surged to the top of Group A beating Cooks Hill United 10-0 and Wallsend 5-1.
Eleven teams will battle for three finals spots in the morning, followed by the Quarter Finals at 12:30pm. The Grand Final is scheduled for 5:00pm, with the awards ceremony at 6:00pm.
3:00pm Northern Inland (Tamworth) 0 def. by Adamstown Rosebud 8 (Damico, A. 3′, 14′, Frost, E. 7′, Dagg, E. 6′, 34′, Cootes, I. 25′, Quinn, M. 32′, Comminy, C. 48′)
3:00pm Mayfield United 5 (Nicol, D. 8′, 50′, Neilson, A. 24′, 29′, 39′) def. Garden Suburb 0
2:00pm Merewether FC 1 (O’Halloran, S. 21′) def. Newcastle University 0
2:00pm North Coast Football 6 (Wallace, T. 2′, 25′, Macfarlance, B. 4′, Thomas, B. 20′, Martin, B. 24′, Paunovic, K. 29′) def. Barnsley Utd 0
1:00pm Northern Inland (Armidale) 0 def. by New Lambton 4 (Hewitt, B. 17′, Kingston-Hogg, P. 22′, Waller, A. 28′, Goodman, C. 43′)
1:00pm Thornton Redbacks 3 (Orteja-Edwards, C. 30′, Milton, S. 44′, Vickery, A. 46′) def. Football MNC 1 (Baker, A. 43′)
12:00pm Football Far North Coast 2 (De Bono, C. 14′, Thompson, B. 25′) def. by Wallsend FC 4 (Hunter, K 15′, 16′, Copos-Brown, L. 30′, 45′)
12:00pm Cooks Hill FC 0 def. by Warners Bay FC 10 (Stableford, S. 14′, 29′, 36′, Kingsley, J. 16′, 27′ 38′, 40′, 41′, Penden, T. 33′, Campbell, T. 48′)
10:00am Garden Suburb 0 drew with Northern Inland (Tamworth) 0
10:00am Newcastle University Women’s 0 def. by North Coast Football 4 (Skinner, S. 8′, Oberleuter, B. 15′, Martain, B 34′, 35′)
9:00am Mid North Coast 7 (Watson, A. 15′, 20′, 43′, Doyle, J. 18′, Anderson, C. 31′, 32′, 35′) def. NIF Armidale 0
9:00am Cooks Hill 2 (Affleck, J. 6′, Palmer, N. 36′) def. Far North Coast 0
Friday 22nd September, Day One – NNSWF Women’s State Cup
6:30pm Wallsend FC 1 (Hall, L. 46′) def. by Warners Bay FC 5 (Kingsley, J. 5′, 24′, Davis, C. 9′, 16′ 40′)
6:30pm New Lambton 0 def. by Thornton Redbacks FC 3 (forfeit New Lambton)
7:30pm Barnsley United SSC 0 def. by Merewether United FC 9 (Ohalloran, C. 5′, Ellis, J. 7′, Depcynzski, L. 15′, 25′, McIntyre, G. 17′, Clifton, F. 29′, 43′, Rae-Mackillop Davis, T. 47′, Quniton, L. 49′)
7:30pm Adamstown Rosebud JFC 3 (Quinn, M. 20′, Cummings, C. 22′, Le Gay Breston, B, 45′) def. Mayfield United SFC 0
The inaugural Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Women’s State Cup competition will kick off this Friday night, 22nd September through to Sunday 24th September at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility in Speers Point.
Senior women’s teams from across Northern NSW, including the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams, will come together for the first time to compete against each other in a sanctioned competition.
NNSWF is committed to improving the experience of all participants and is aiming to lift the number of female registered players to 25% by 2020 and events like this provide more opportunities for women to enjoy the sport and move towards ensuring that the opportunities for females reflect those that are currently available for males players.
NNSWF Chief Executive Officer, David Eland, said this was a strategic initiative for NNSWF and is looking forward to seeing the inaugural competition get underway over the weekend.
“Events like this provide more opportunities for females to enjoy our sport and it reflects our goal of being recognised as a leading organisation for females,” Mr Eland said.
“This will be the first time that many of these teams will compete against each another in a competitive fixture and we are looking forward to providing that opportunity to these teams and seeing the depth of talent in the sides participating.”
‘After the resounding success of Tuesday night’s Matildas match, it’s timely that we can again have an opportunity to showcase the growth and talent on display in women’s football across Northern NSW by placing senior teams in the spotlight with this new event,’ Eland concluded.
The men’s State Cup, which was introduced in 2012, transitioned into the nationwide Westfield FFA Cup competition in 2015, including PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) teams as well as Hyundai A-League teams.
The Women’s State Cup could be a stepping stone for a National Women’s FFA Cup as States across Australia move to align their Premier Women’s Competition with the PS4 NPL format.
Northern NSW Football will be starting a review this year of the Herald WPL and the viability of transitioning the competition into the NPL format.
The first games will kick off at 6:30 pm on Friday night where Herald WPL Clubs, Wallsend FC and Warners Bay will kick off on field 1 and Thornton Redbacks will take on Interdistrict side, New Lambton FC on field 2.