Woodlawn eye off more cup success
SOME of Lismore's best young soccer talents showed their skills while taking a step towards potential state success.
St. John's College Woodlawn defeated Trinity Catholic College 3-1 in the sides' Bill Turner Cup clash yesterday.
Goals from Jack Lyons, Darcy Evans and Noah Stokes sealed a deserved victory for Woodlawn, who played some excellent passing football on their way to success.
Coach Jake Roff was delighted with his team's triumph at Lismore's Richards Oval, which takes the side closer to the regional final.
"I think we played really well," he said.
"A few of our kids are in rep teams and also have great natural ability.
"They have also received good coaching from other people along the way.
"It was a good game and a great day for football."
Callum Anderson scored the goal for Trinity, who also played some neat football in stages against talented opponents.
The win takes Woodlawn through to the third round of the FNC portion of the event.
A win in the regional section earns a place in the latter stages of the tournament against school sides from across the state
Roff said his side would love to test their skills against the state's best.
"I think our guys would see it as a challenge," he said. "They have some good talent and I'm sure they will show that.
"Trinity are our traditional rivals, so it was nice to beat them, but it was a really fair-spirited game.
"It was good to get the win."
Meanwhile, four FNC representatives will take part in a helpful camp helping develop potential future top-grade officials.
Thibault Berthier (Kyogle), Byron Bay's Joshua Gill, Lismore representative Sam Osbourne and Jared Seiffert, of Clunes, have been selected for the Referees Targeted Athlete Program.
The Northern New South Wales Football (NNSW) scheme will see promising referees gain instruction from experienced officials.
It will also help identify possible referees to represent NNSW at the Football Federation Australia Boys National Championship in October.
Sixteen participants will take part in the camp at Coffs Harbour this weekend.