NSW Junior State Cup: Day 1 Wrap

NSW Junior State Cup: Day 1 Wrap

The NSW Junior State Championships (13s-17s) kicked off in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, with high energy and quality Oztag on display.

In near perfect conditions, the Under 13s through to 17s took to the field on Wednesday 1 June, for day one of the much anticipated Junior State Cup tournament.

NSW Oztag welcomed a remarkable 150 teams and over 2000 players to C.ex Stadium and Geoff King Oval, eager and determined to showcase their months of preparation.

The Central Coast Girls 13’s are looking to continue their reign, having won three consecutive State Cup Grand Finals in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

While the Baulkham Hills Girls 15’s, Souths Girls 16’s and Central Coast Girls 17’s are gunning for their third successive championship title.

Over the course of the day, the energy was high and the display of Oztag remained fast, skilful and entertaining – proving the high standard of junior reps filtering through the system.

At the conclusion of day one, Central Coast and Baulkham Hills are at the top of the leaderboard for Club Champions; C.Coast chasing a third-consecutive title.

The following teams currently sit undefeated, placing them in a promising position heading into today’s remaining round games and Finals.

Boys 13s

  • Baulkham Hills
  • Nepean
  • Shellharbour
  • Cronulla
  • Heathcote Engadine

Girls 13s

  • Central Coast
  • Baulkham Hills
  • ACT
  • Cronulla

Boys 14s

  • Baulkham Hills
  • Central Coast

Girls 14s

  • Central Coast
  • Shellharbour
  • Cronulla
  • Baulkham Hills

Boys 15s

  • Central Coast
  • Baulkham Hills

Girls 15s

  • Baulkham Hills
  • ACT
  • Central Coast
  • Souths

Boys 16s

  • Cronulla
  • Camden
  • Parramatta
  • Souths
  • Baulkham Hills

Girls 16s

  • Wollongong
  • Central Coast
  • Nepean

Boys 17s

  • Souths
  • Central Coast

Girls 17s

  • Central Coast
  • Wollongong

Keep up to date with all live fixtures and results via our website or Sportfix.

As June marks the first day of winter, players, families and staff piled in to purchase a Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) Beanie for Brain Cancer – a great cause that NSW Oztag are proud to support.

Mark Hughes, his family and the MHF team will have beanies on sale at Geoff King Oval today – so go say hi and grab a beanie for those cold mornings and nights. Alternatively, you can purchase a beanie online.

NSW Oztag look forward to crowning the first of our 2022 Junior State Cup Champions today, before welcoming the Under 9s, 10s and 11s age groups on Saturday.

Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Beanies for Brain Cancer at the NSW Junior State Championships

Keep warm for a good cause at the 2022 Junior State Championships in June, by purchasing a Beanie for Brain Cancer.

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) will be attending the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs Harbour from June 1-5, 2022 for their annual Beanie for Brain Cancer fundraiser.

The 2022 MHF beanies will be on sale for $25 at C.ex Stadium from Wednesday June 1, which is not only the first day of competition in Coffs, but the first day of winter.

NSW Oztag encourage players, coaches, spectators and staff to purchase a beanie to help raise funds for greater research into brain cancer.

“Oztag welcomes Mark, Kirralee and their Beanies campaign, to the NSW Junior State Championships in Coffs,” Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan said.

“I urge all players and parents to buy a beanie, or just say hello and make a donation – it feels good to make a difference,” Harrigan said.

After Mark Hughes was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, he and his wife began the non-profit, Health Promotion Charity, The Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign came about as many brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, loss of hair and just to keep warm.

Eight years on, the MHF has now sold over 900,000 beanies, raised over $24 million and invested millions into research programs.

The Beanies for Brain Cancer campaign continues to grow every year, making a positive impact on the lives of many people affected by brain cancer.

By having the Beanies for Brain Cancer on sale at the Junior State Championships, NSW Oztag hope to raise awareness and funds that provide hope for current brain cancer patients, and those in the future.

Don’t brave the cold weather at this year’s Junior State Championships, buy a Beanie for Brain Cancer.  

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Announcement

NSW Oztag have released the dates for the 2023 Junior State Championships, as well as the amended tournament outline which separates the 9-10s from the 11-17s.

Following substantial revision of the Junior State Championships and its progressive increase in size, NSW Oztag have made the decision to split the tournament across two weekends and venues.

2023 NSW Junior State Championships Outline

Under 9-10s

Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, 2023

Venue: The Kingsway Playing Fields, St Marys

Under 11s-17s

Date: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February, 2023

Venue: C.ex Stadium, Coffs Harbour

Such changes will prove to resolve accommodation difficulties in Coffs Harbour, while also catering to the expansive nature of the Under 9s and 10s divisions.

Tournament Director, Bill Harrigan OAM also addressed the decision to flip the Junior State Cup schedule.

“We have listened to feedback with the scheduling of the Junior State Championships and the impact on kids just returning to the new school year,” Harrigan said.  

“Therefore, we have flipped the usual schedule, meaning the 9-10s will now play earlier in February on Saturday & Sunday only, followed by the 11-17s later in the month,”

“This ensures the older age groups have a whole month back at school before taking time off to come to Coffs,” Harrigan said.

NSW Oztag wish to thank Coffs Harbour Council for their ongoing support and look forward to the upcoming 2022 Junior State Championships, set to be held from June 1-5 on Coffs Coast.

2021 Australian Senior Championships Announcement

2021 Australian Senior Championships Announcement

It is with deep regret that Australian Oztag has to abandon the 2021 Senior Australian Championships.

We are all aware of the amount of rain which has fallen over the Northern rivers and the Greater Sydney basin in the last two weeks. The devastation it has caused and the impact it has had on our players, their families and friends has been enormous.

New South Wales is in a state of emergency and our thoughts are with all of those affected. We understand that their priorities must be with recovery efforts rather than playing Oztag.

Secondary to the decision to postpone the tournament, Perry Haddock attended Coffs Harbour on Tuesday morning to inspect C.ex Stadium and surrounding fields with Council Staff and the Stadium Greenkeepers.

Although the fields are starting to dry out, the long-range weather forecast indicates further rain in Coffs Harbour and across NSW next week which may prevent us from hosting an effective tournament.

Australian Oztag would like to thank Council and greenkeeping staff who did provide us with a contingency plans to use different variations of fields, however, considering the devastation right across the Sydney basin on Tuesday 8th March and the impact it has had on the Oztag community, we are abandoning the tournament. 

We understand better than anyone the impact decisions like this can have on players, families and the local Coffs Harbour community. However, by making this decision now we hope to minimize the impact and allow teams to make arrangements with accommodation & travel.

This brings me to the decision by AO to abandon the tournament rather than postponing it.

This tournament has already been postponed from November 2021.

To postpone the tournament again, in an already very busy Oztag schedule in 2022, creates more logistical problems. E.G. Weather, scheduling and hiring the venue, close to the June state cup dates, accommodation availability, referees and also consideration was given to the fact that Australian teams are not being selected from this tournament & Queensland teams were not represented.

Although this decision was not made lightly, to abandon the Senior Championships and move on to the 2022 tournaments just makes sense.

Bill Harrigan

Australian Oztag General Manager

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: FINALS WRAP

The 2021 Junior National Champions have been crowned following an action-packed weekend of Oztag on the Coffs Coast.

For the first time since 2019, the country’s elite juniors travelled to Coffs Harbour to represent their region at the 2021 Junior Australian Championships.

The prestigious event kicked off on Friday 12 February, with 153 teams determined to take out their respective championship title.

The atmosphere was electric as spectators crowded the sidelines at both C.ex International Stadium and Geoff King Motors Oval.

Sunday’s Finals proved the magnitude of the game’s growth over the years, as numerous qualifiers resulted in a one-point difference or came down to an exhilarating extra time drop off.

The skill, speed and sheer talent among the young players filtering through our Junior systems is promising and makes for very entertaining games of Oztag.

For the first time, the Under 9s, 10s and Girls 11s played the new rules at representative level, which saw the game open up and create opportunities for these age groups.

The race for the 2021 Junior Region Champions title came down to the wire; but with nine teams qualifying for Grand Finals and five taking home gold, it was Central Coast Force who were crowned winners.

The West Sydney Tigers trailed closely in second, while the East Coast Orcas finished in third.  

Below are the Grand Final results for each division. Congratulations to all 2021 Junior National Champions.

  • Boys 9s: Tigers defeated Orcas 4 – 3
  • Girls 9s: Orcas defeated Stingrays 2 – 1
  • Boys 10s: Miners defeated Central Coast 4 – 2
  • Girls 10s: Tigers defeated Orcas 4 – 1
  • Boys 11s: Stingrays defeated Tigers 5 – 0
  • Girls 11s: Orcas defeated Tigers 3 – 2
  • Boys 12s: Central Coast defeated Tigers 3 – 2
  • Girls 12s: Stingrays defeated Central Coast 2 – 1
  • Boys 13s: Central Coast defeated Tigers 6 – 2
  • Girls 13s: Tigers defeated Vipers 3 – 2
  • Boys 14s: Central Coast defeated Vipers 5 – 2
  • Girls 14s: Tigers defeated Central Coast 3 – 2
  • Boys 15s: Stingrays defeated Orcas 4 – 2
  • Girls 15s: Vipers defeated Orcas 4 – 2
  • Boys 16s: Orcas defeated Central Coast 4 – 3
  • Girls 16s: Central Coast defeated Vipers 6 – 2
  • Boys 17s: Central Coast defeated Stingrays 4 – 1
  • Girls 17s: ACT defeated Stingrays 5 – 2

For all tournament results, visit the Australian Oztag website or Sportfix.

To re-watch the Finals Day livestream, head to the Australian Oztag Facebook page.

The team at AO would like to thank everyone for making the 2021 Junior Australian Championships an enjoyable tournament for all involved.

Congratulations to all teams on your hard work and preparation.

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Junior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

Junior Australian Championships: DAY 2 WRAP

The stakes were raised on day two of the 2021 Junior Australian Championships, as players laid it all on the line to secure their position in Sunday’s Finals.

Day two of the Junior Australian Championships saw our up-and-coming talents take their game to the next level.

The wet conditions did not interfere with the exhibition of speed, skill, and endurance – proving testament to the preparation of all teams.

The number of close games throughout the tournament suggests that we are in store for some quality finals tomorrow.

The following teams still sit undefeated heading into Sunday’s Finals:

  • Boys 9s TIGERS (+23 differential)
  • Girls 11s ORCAS (+45 differential)
  • Boys 12s TIGERS (+20 differential)
  • Girls 12s STINGRAYS (+28 differential)
  • Girls 13s VIPERS (+25 differential)
  • Boys 14s TIGERS (+35 differential)
  • Girls 14s TIGERS (+35 differential)
  • Boys 15s ORCAS (+30 differential)
  • Boys 16s CENTRAL COAST (+44 differential)
  • Girls 16s CENTRAL COAST (+53 differential)
  • Girls 17s ACT (+32 differential)

The West Sydney Tigers have taken the lead ahead of the East Coast Orcas, with the most undefeated teams (four).

Keep up to date with all live results and fixtures via website or Sportfix.

To tune into Finals Day Livestream, head to the Australian Oztag Facebook page.

Coverage will kick off at 8.30am on Field 2 with the Boys 9s Quarter Final, which will see the Stingrays take on the Warriors.

AO look forward to crowning the 2021 Junior Australian Champions, in what we hope to be clearer conditions.