Attendance records were smashed for the third edition of the NSFA Skellern Cup, held at North Turramurra Recreation Area this week.
The tournament, aimed at primary school girls from Years 3 to 6, featured over 700 players from 57 teams across the NSFA region, stretching from Berowra down to Neutral Bay.
Ed Ferguson, NSFA Community Football Manager and Tournament Organiser, was overawed by the involvement in this year’s tournament.
“Every year we grow in numbers and this year we actually hit maximum capacity for the Senior Cup (years 5 and 6) on Thursday,” Ferguson said.
“The goal for next year will be to retain those numbers and do the same for the Junior Cup.”
Hornsby Heights Public School students with Kim and Amanda Skellern (left and right respectively).
Teams attain points throughout the day across a broad range of criteria including goals scored, fair play, equal playing time and cheering on their teammates, with the Skellern Cup for each day going to the team with the highest number of points.
The Junior Cup was awarded to Gordon East Public School, while the Senior Cup went to Pymble Public School.
“The points system makes sure that teams are bringing a lot of fun and energy to every game,” Ferguson explained.
“Each year we want every player to go home with a massive smile on their face after a great day of football with their friends.”
Pymble Public School – Senior Cup winners.
With a large portion of participants not regularly involved in football, players were provided with leaflets giving further information about the girls football opportunities available from the NSFA and its member clubs.
Mayor for Ku-ring-gai Jennifer Anderson helped present the Junior Cup on Wednesday, while representatives from Football NSW, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers were also in attendance across the two days.
Junior Cup winners Gordon East, with Jennifer Anderson, Kim and Amanda Skellern.
All games were officiated by members of the Northern Tigers Women’s NPL program, coaches from XLR8 Player Development and NSFA staff.
The NSFA Skellern Cup is named after Amanda and Kimberley Skellern, twin sisters who have played for Northern Tigers FC, the NSFA representative football club, for over ten years and started their football careers with local club West Pymble FC.
NSFA is committed to continuing the Skellern Cup free of charge to schools and participants thanks to our XLR8 Player Development programs.
XLR8 will be running a discounted Girls Skills program in Term 4 – 8 weeks for $50! Click here for more information and to register.
Full list of attending schools:
- Artarmon Public School
- Beaumont Road Public School
- Castle Cove Public School
- Chatswood Public School
- Gordon East Public School
- Gordon West Public School
- Greenwich Public School
- Hornsby Heights Public School
- Hornsby North Public School
- Neutral Bay Public School
- Mount Colah Public School
- Pymble Public School
- Ravenswood School for Girls
- Roseville Public School
- St Ives North Public School
- Turramurra Public School
- Turramurra North Public School
- Wideview Public School
- Willoughby Public School
- West Pymble Public School