Dream turns to reality for club
DREAMS have become a reality for the Alstonville and District Football Club with the launch of a special female tournament.
The two-day Oceania Cup is intended to help showcase the talents of female players and promote more participation in the sport.
Entries are now open for the event, with clubs from across the FNC invited to register.
Club junior vice-president Matt Wiltshire, who is helping organise the event, said the tournament would have great significance.
"We are hoping to show that girls can play football at a higher level," Wiltshire said.
"(Fellow organiser) John Noble has been part of our club for about 25 years and has had a dream of running an event like this for a couple of years.
"We've come to the point where we have enough people to help run it.
"The tournament should be great fun and we can't wait for it."
Teams from across northern NSW and up to the Gold Coast are expected to participate in the inaugural event to be staged on October 5-6.
The tournament will feature matches for players in grades 12, 14, 16 and the open age groups.
Wiltshire said the carnival, which has already attracted interest from sides as far afield as Armidale and Newcastle, should have strong benefits for participants.
"We think this is quite a unique event for Australia," he said.
"I think it is really important we hold tournaments like this, as other events are male dominated.
"It is also important to give the younger players a sense they can achieve higher and hopefully increase retention rates in the sport."