Warialda Oztag travelled to Coffs Harbour on the 11th /12th/13th &14th February 2021 to take part in the NSW Junior Oztag State Cup 2021 tournament.
Warialda Oztag took three teams to this tournament a boy’s 12s, boy’s 16s and girl’s 17 years.
The boys 12s team consisted of Clancy Philips, Ryli Ireland, Kingston Hall, Darcy Mitchell, Liam Johnson, Samuel Lyons, Tai Thompson Allen, Maison Cory, Darcy Hawkins, Jack Partridge, Jai Allen, Banjo Mitchell and Chasye Cooper.
Coached by Sam Egan assistant coach Glenn Partridge and managed by Tianna Egan
The boys started their tournament on Thursday with 4 games against some for-experience clubs.
Playing Macarthur, Norwest, Port Stephens and a cross-over game against Macarthur.
Friday saw them take the field for games against Healthcare and Wollongong, unfortunately they were short two of their players due to the schools swimming carnival. The 12s were not successful in getting any wins and this pushed them out of quarter finals.
NSW junior state cup Oztag has been running this tournament for many years. Warialda have only taken part in the last three years as we are a very new club. In our first year we took one girls team, last year it was four teams and this year three teams.
We are a small club are very proud of each of the kids that played each gave 100% with many of them playing up 2years.
Saturday morning our 16s boys team started their tournament and the team was: Clancy Bowman, Noah Cooper, Max Cooper, Rocco Hall, Jack Kent, Rowdy Laidlaw, Lochlan Lane, Elijah Lane, Toby bell, Thomas Bell, Rhylie Marle Lachlan Hawkins absent William Reardon Coached by Grace Lockyer, Mick Woollett and Jade Lane.
The boys had four games against Inner West, Camden, Port Stephens and the South West razorbacks.
For this young team it was the first time many had been to a tournament and the boys’ skills were outstanding, but the Sydney teams were far too strong with their ball skills and speed.
Unfortunately, the team last Rocco Hall to a head injury and he was ruled out of the final game and Max Cooper came home with a shining eye.
Sunday morning the boys had two games Wollongong and Heathcote.
Congratulations to the team for playing strong in all games but unfortunately the boys missed out on a place in the quarter finals.
Saturday afternoon our girls started at 2pm and in the wet played; Camden, Kiama, Wollongong and Port Macquarie. The opposition girls were very use to playing in the wet weather from past years’ experience and coped better with the three days of rain.
The Warialda girls finished the day with 1 win and 3 close loses.
This team consisted of Bella Phillips ,Sophie Hall, Abbie Kent, Lucy Kent, Lucy Sankey, Paige Hall, Charlotte Hall, Charlotte Cox ,Liliana Reardon ,Brooke McKinnon ,Shayla Beinke, Tishari Morgan, Alexia Wined, Bra Wineti , Lacey Cooperand Jessica Partridge.
Coached by Dylan Butler assisted by Paul Hall.
Sunday afternoon, after the sun came out the girls played Parramatta getting a win Then Southwest Razorbacks, finishing with a draw which put them into the quarter final against Kiama.
Our game against Kiama ended in a draw but because we were 5th on the ladder, we were heading to the semi final in the CEX stadium.
The semi-final game against Camden saw us lose 3 to 1.The girls had a fantastic first half but fitness after a huge weekend let them down. Their only try in the semi-final was by the youngest player of 12 yrs, Warialda Bella Phillips.
This young team have had the chance to play together for the last couple of years, but will lose players due to the age, but this brings many great talents together.
Paul, Amy and Teresa cannot be any prouder, each of playing wonderful with great sportsmanship.
A special thanks all the players and supporters for a great weekend and hope to see you all back in 2022.
The article was prepared by Teresa Hall.