North Canterbury sides claim two South Island football titles
North Canterbury teams have been well represented at age group football tournaments over the school holidays and celebrated two victories at South Island tournaments.
It was the first time in 40 years they have celebrated two South Island tournament victories, with only two titles before this year.
The 11th grade boys and 14th grade girls added to recent South Island titles from the 14th and 12th grade girls.
A big talent pool in the 11th grade boys had two NC teams, 11A and an 11 development, head to Nelson.
The 11A boys, coached by Peter Supyk and Ken Frame, ripped through the tournament without conceding a single goal, beating Central Otago 1-0 in the final. The development team finished an impressive seventh out of the 20 teams.
The North Canterbury 14 grade girls tournament was c held at Kendall Park in Kaiapoi and the girls did not let the torrential weather dampen their spirits.
North Canterbury, coach Stefan Hartel, only had one loss in pool play against Canterbury Black, but bounced back to get a chance at revenge by making it to the final for a rematch with Canterbury Black.
Tied at 1-all at the turn, North Canterbury scored twice in the second half to take the win and the South Island trophy.
North Canterbury Footballs Brett Gerrard said several other sides attended tournaments with mid-table finishes while the 12th grade girls were away the moment – finishing up on Saturday.
Waimak United Football Club sides also headed away to tournaments.
Leading the way was the Waimak Red boy's 10th grade team that won the South Island Festival in Nelson.
Waimak Red beat Nelson 3-1 in the final. Waimak Black finished 13th.
The Waimak 10 girls finished third at the Nationals in Auckland. In pool play, they had four wins, two draws and one loss to line up Eastern Suburbs in the semi-finals.
A 1-2 knocked them out of contention but a 2-0 win over Hibiscus Coast 2-0 earned the third-place finish with. Shiloh Jenkins received the golden boot award finding the back of the net 12 times.
The Waimak 9th grade boys also attended the Nationals in Auckland, and after two wins, two draws and two losses, they went down 0-6 to Forrest Hill in the plate quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Waimak United's Macey Fraser and Lily Fisher helped the New Zealand U18 Futsal team become Oceania Champions and qualify for the Youth Olympics in Argentina next year. Fraser received the receiving the Golden Ball and Golden Boot for the tournament.
This weekend Fraser and Waimak teammates Gabi Rennie, Sophie Williams, Rebecca Gillett and Briar Guyane have their first run for the Canterbury United Pride in the National Women's League against WaiBoP at English Park in Christchurch at midday.