Macksville Falcons reflect on superb NSW Junior State Cup

MACKSVILLE Falcons Touch Football have soared to new heights, finishing their 2018 representative campaign on a huge high with outstanding results from all of the lead up tournaments, the Northern Eagles Junior Championships and the big dance – the NSW Junior State Cup!

The Northern Eagles Junior Champs were held over two days in Taree with regional teams from Forster in the south to Ballina in the north. The strong field of entry also included teams from Parramatta, Newcastle, Maitland and beyond.

The Falcons Under 10 years, 14s and 18s girls finished the weekend as regional champions while the Under 10s and Under 14s boys were runners-up in their divisions.

Club president Craig Englert has praised players, coaches, referees and parents on their efforts and commitment at training and lead up events.

Craig noted every single team had taken a huge leap forward in their abilities and the results spoke loudly of this accomplishment.

Junior State Cup is played in Port Macquarie over three days and has around 15,000 people in attendance.

This year’s playing conditions were taxing with scorching heat and humidity. This didn’t stop the Falcons teams though, as they thrived on the challenging conditions and red hot competition.

Of the nine Macksville teams in attendance, six qualified for the finals series, and the three who missed out only did so by the narrowest of margins.

Backed by an amazing army of grey and green supporters cheering them on, each team went to battle and fought to the very end.

The Falcons U18 girls team made the quarter-finals only to go down to an extremely strong Manly outfit who went on to win that division. Nevertheless, the girls still placed in the top eight in NSW – an outstanding achievement.

The Falcons are also extremely fortunate to have referees who attended gala days, championships and JSC. In what can be a testing job, huge thanks must go to Nicholas Willer, Mitchell Roe, Richard Spain, Colin Thompson, Nino Ramunno, and Johanna and Oliver Walsh.

Due to the immense growth of the tournament, next year’s Junior State Cup will take on a new format and will be contested in northern and southern conferences.

Northern Conference – February 15-17, 2019, will be held at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium and Tuffins Lane Playing Fields, Port Macquarie.

A final series – a ‘best of the best’ – will then be held over a separate weekend.