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
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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