Three young football teams from the Great Lakes have tested their skills against the best sides from around the North Coast at the 2019 Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Champion of Champions tournament at Coffs Harbour.
As the 2019 minor premiers in their respective divisions, Tuncurry Forster Gold under-12 boys, Pacific Palms under-13 boys and Great Lakes Vikings under-14 boys all qualified for the week-long tournament, held at C.ex International Stadium.
While none of the teams were able to walk away with the champion of champions title, all of them enjoyed some success and gained high-level football experience in the process.
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Tuncurry mother Carlene Robertson accompanied her sons Jonah and Xavier to the event and said the standard of football had been exceptional.
"It's just an amazing experience," she said.
"The games have been played at a very high level."
The Tuncurry under-12 team managed a win, a draw and three losses throughout the tournament, but Mrs Robertson said the results didn't reflect how well they'd played.
"They were very competitive," she said.
"They just didn't have any luck."
The team finished fifth overall.
In the under-13 boys, Pacific Palms also finished fifth and suffered a number of losses, but they did enjoy an upset when they defeated eventual runners-up Coffs City United 2-0.
The Great Lakes Vikings under-14 boys enjoyed a win, two draws and two losses in their division to finish fourth overall.
The Tuncurry Forster Black under-16 boys team are still competing at the tournament, with the finals to be played on October 10.
So far they have suffered two losses.
The tournament pits the best boys and girls teams from NNSWF's seven member zones against each other in order to decide the champions of champions.
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