STATE Champions?. It has a nice ring to it doesn?t it?

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

The boys from the Sawtell Scorpions under 17s have the opportunity tomorrow to earn that title when they take on Arncliffe Aurora in the State Final of Soccer NSW's Champion of Champions tournament.

Having gone through the season undefeated, the team has not only captured the imagination of all at the club but it seems everyone around town has caught a dose 'Champions Fever' as well.

Sawtell's club president Dave Clements has been overwhelmed by the amount of support that the team has received over the past couple of weeks from the local community.

"Our major sponsor the Sawtell Hotel have generously donated another $1000 and Holiday Coast Soccer have come to the party with a welcome $500," he said.

"The local Sawtell community have really got behind this team in the last week or two with cash donations coming in from the most unexpected sources."

The Scorpions team have taken all before them this season in their run to this important clash and many at the club believe that this group of players has what it takes to go all the way and claim the trophy.

"We are quietly confident of upsetting the top Sydney team this weekend, I believe this young Sawtell team is something very special," he said with a large dose of pride.

"A win by our young team would be a fitting end to what has been a tremendously successful season.

"While our club is already looking towards next year, winning the Champion of Champions would be a fantastic conclusion to the 2005 season."

Chock full of confidence after last week's 3-1 victory over Epping YMCA in the semi-final coach Greg Kenny will send his boys out with the same message he always has before an important game.

"Make sure you enjoy yourselves out there, any big game that's what I tell them before they go out on the park."



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