Villa the No 1 club

ALSTONVILLE Soccer Club is celebrating its status as Far North Coast Soccer's club champions for 2005.

"We continue to be the quiet unsung heroes while most media highlights the achievements of the Premier Division teams," club president Rob Sheehan said.

"Once again, we have many young teams in the grand finals, as well as several teams winning their way into the Statewide championships."

Last year Alstonville's Under 14 boys and girls reached the final four in NSW.

This year the club will be represented by the Under 16 boys and girls' teams.

According to club registrar Russell Priddle, Villa will be represented by a host of teams in Soccer FNC's approaching grand finals, including women's second division, 16 years boys, 15 years boys, Grade 11 Div 3 boys, two 16 years girls' teams, 14 years girls and 12 years girls.

Other teams still to contest semi-finals include men's first division, first reserves and third division, 14 years Div 2 boys and 11 years boys.

The Far North Coast award for most goals scored, the Golden Boot, in the womens open teams went to Courtney Nelson, having driven at least 20 into the back of the opponents net.

Club treasurer John Noble said Villa was also proud of winning the 2005 Fair Play Award, presented for the fewewst red and yellow cards given to players by referees throughout the season.

"We are the only sporting club on the North Coast to run with the Anti-Sport Rage program that was developed in Sydney last year,"he said.

"We approached NSW Sport and Rec to 'jump the gun' on its Sydney trials and instigate it on the North Coast, so we are glad that our supporters, coaches and managers as well as players demonstrate fair play enables enjoyment for all."

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