Central Coast Crowned 2021 Junior State Cup Club Champions
The 2021 Club Champions title came down to a one-point difference, with Central Coast claiming victory for a consecutive year.
Following two successful tournaments, in Coffs Harbour (12’s-17’s) and Bass Hill (9’s-11’s), Central Coast finished on 78 points, with Souths closely trailing on 77 and Baulkham Hills on 73.
Central Coast dominated the Junior State Cup tournaments after 17 of their 18 teams qualified for division one Finals across all age divisions. Eight of these teams made the Grand Final and four came away with the State Champions title.
At the Junior State Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Central Coast Girls 12’s pipped Cronulla 4-1 in the Grand Final, continuing their reign as champions for the third consecutive year.
The Boys 14’s Grand Final saw Central Coast claim a convincing 8-2 defeat over Souths, while Central Coast Girls 16’s came away with their third successive title after an exciting 3-1 win over Wollongong.
At the Junior State Cup in Bass Hill, the Boys 10’s Grand Final came down to the wire, with Central Coast defeating Baulkham Hills 5-4 in a thrilling extra time drop-off.
Following on from the association’s success at the Senior State Cup in November 2020, Central Coast Licensee, Charmaine Ceeney is extremely proud of their Junior teams whose efforts were pivotal in their Club Champion victory.
“Our performances at Coffs and Bass Hill were exceptional and we are very proud of our young chargers for the efforts, knowing full well the future of Oztag on the Central Coast is very bright,” Ceeney said.
“To be named as Junior State Cup Club Champions was a reward to all our coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and admin staff who ensure the game of Oztag continues to thrive on the Central Coast,” she said.
The Club Champions accolade is a credit to the consistency of Central Coast sides across all divisions, their success put down to the people involved in their team and the club culture they foster.
“They are all passionate, fair, honest and consistent in their approach to the game of Oztag,” Ceeney said.
“There are so many representative players who have taken the time to reinvest and pass on their knowledge and experience to the young players,”
“Special mention must go to Dale Berg who oversees the Junior Representative Program, Adam Carlisle and Australian Oztag Hall of Famer David Rose for their ongoing support in not only developing junior players but also taking the time to develop and support our coaches and providing them with their knowledge and years of experience as both players and coaches,”
“We have developed an extremely strong culture within our association and that continues to grow year after year,” she said.
Central Coast are looking to continue their club-wide success at the 2021 NSW Senior State Cup in Coffs Harbour, set to kick off on Friday 14 May, with 21 teams entered across all divisions.