Coffs footballers at nationals
THREE local junior footballers are among 348 players taking their first tentative steps in the national spotlight this week.
Yesterday Lizzy Tonks and Hope Eadie represented Northern NSW in the 2010 Westfield FFA National Junior Championships while Harry Atherton will be playing for the highly rated representative team in the boy’s championships which start on Thursday.
The large group of under 13 players are having their first taste of national competition at the O’Connor Football Fields in Canberra.
It’s a competition with a difference which encourages flair as well as results.
While the Coffs Harbour championships see the under 15s and 17s playing merely for match points, each team this week will be assessed by the FFA’s Technical Committee on their technical performance and will award an extra five, three or one bonus points based on the manner in which the teams played throughout the week.
This means that teams scoring an early goal then merely playing defensive football to hold on to their lead will be frowned upon.
Today Tonks and Eadie will be facing the might of Vic Metro and the ACT.
If the pair and Atherton perform well at the championships this week then they will probably come under the notice of national selectors who are looking for players to wear the green and gold in the under 13 girls and boys national teams who will participate at the Asian Football Confederation’s Festival of Football tournaments which will be held in Malaysia for the boys and Vietnam for the girls.