Ladies enjoy cup action at Alstonville
BIG numbers turned out for the fifth annual all-female Oceania Cup at Alstonville.
The tournament invited female club teams from under-12s to open women's teams to compete in an 11-a-side format with a minimum of five 50 minute games played per team over the two days.
After the round robin every team played in a final against a similar ranked team, with the top ranked teams in each grade playing for the championship last night.
"Our club proudly supports girls' and women's football on the North Coast,” club official and tournament organiser Matt Wiltshire said.
"We welcomed 40 teams from all around NSW, Queensland and Tasmania this year, as well as teams from local clubs right across the North Coast.
"It's a weekend of fun and participation to celebrate the end of our regular season.”
The tournament is hosted by the Alstonville and District Football Club, in cooperation with Football Far North Coast and Northern NSW Football.
It was the Alstonville Football Club's treasurer John Noble who came up with the idea to host an annual event dedicated to female football players.
The tournament was about five years in the making before its launch in 2013.
"There's been a real growth in girls' football in the Far North Coast in recent years, and we wanted to show that,” Noble said.
"I think it's fantastic that people around the area will see what a beautiful tournament we've had here.”