Chloe Dunsmore, right, gets boot to ball for Bangalow.
Chloe Dunsmore, right, gets boot to ball for Bangalow.

Bluedogs emerge as one of top soccer teams at Oceania Cup

BANGALOW were among the top performing teams at the all-female Oceania Cup soccer carnival at Alstonville.

There were 34 teams with 550 players competing across junior and senior divisions over a busy two days at Crawford Park and Geoff Watt Oval.

JADE’S A GEM: The Bangalow Bulldogs’ Jade Bianchetti on the attack during the Oceania Cup women’s soccer tournament at Crawford Park, Alstonville.
JADE’S A GEM: The Bangalow Bulldogs’ Jade Bianchetti on the attack during the Oceania Cup women’s soccer tournament at Crawford Park, Alstonville. Marc Stapelberg

The Bluedogs went into the second day undefeated along with teams from Alstonville, Canberra, Maclean and Palm Beach.

"It's a unique carnival in that the sole focus is on the girls," tournament director Matt Wiltshire said.

"A lot of the people have commented on that and the players enjoy that aspect of it.

"It's been beautiful weather and we've given the local pool plenty of business.

"We have a great standard of play here but it's all about participation."

Alstonville hosted the event for a third time with it being the only all girls and women's carnival in New South Wales.

The club first came up with the concept a decade ago and ran it for the first time in 2013.

"John Noble came up with the idea to run something like this," Wiltshire said.

"We've had some long days but we have plenty of volunteers and it's rewarding to see everyone having a great time."

The finals were due to be played last night.

LOCAL DERBY: Lennox Head’s Chloe Bowers, right, in action against Alstonville yesterday.
LOCAL DERBY: Lennox Head’s Chloe Bowers, right, in action against Alstonville yesterday.


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