New women's soccer tournament shaping up to be a big success
A FIRST-EVER showcase of female football talent for the region is shaping up to be a smash hit.
Three of the four divisions on offer at the forthcoming Oceania Cup have been filled, with teams from northern New South Wales and across the Far North Coast signing up.
Only a handful of places in the grade 12 division remain at next month's event, which has been organised by Alstonville Football Club.
Cup co-ordinator Matt Wiltshire said he was delighted the inaugural competition, which will run over the weekend of October 5-6, was shaping up to be popular.
"It's all hands on deck in terms of organising this," he said.
"I think people have wanted to sign up because this is really focusing on female-only football.
"We hope that it helps achieve a higher focus on female participation and it is a great success."
Any more teams entering will be placed on a waiting list for the event, which will be held at Alstonville's Crawford Park and Geoff Watt Oval. Places are still available in the grade 12 competition, which is open for players turning 10-12 this year.
For more information or to register, visit the Alstonville FC website. Meanwhile, players across the region are reflecting on a successful conclusion to this season Football FNC women's competitions.
Grand finals took place in the junior and senior age groups.
- Women's Premier Division: Bangalow 3-0 Alstonville
- Women's Second Division: Casino Cobras 4-1 Lennox Head
- Women's Third Division: Mullum Brunswick 4-1 Lennox Head
- Womens' Fourth Division: Pottsville 1-0 Goonellabah
- Girls Grade 16: Goonellabah 3-2 Dunoon
- Girls Grade 15: Lismore Thistles 7-2 Casino
- Girls Grade 14: Italo Stars Red 4-3Dunoon
- Girls Grade 13: Alstonville FC 2-2 Lismore Workers (final shared)