400 players compete in 43rd Challenge Cup at Nambucca

Nambucca Legends (blue) against Coffs United in the women’s consolation final.

THE NAMBUCCA Strikers hosted the 43rd Challenge Cup at Coronation Park last weekend with 26 teams and 400 players from Sydney to Armidale in action.

Nambucca Strikers women’s manager Rhys Jones was on the sidelines cheering on the teams in the hot sun.

“The 2023 challenge cup came to an end on Sunday, after the hottest three days Nambucca has experienced in a while,” he said.

“Every team and player contributed to a very enjoyable weekend.

“The quality on show in all divisions was a sight to see, with many close and tense encounters, and even a penalty shoot-out.

“In the end, there can be only one winner in each division.

“In over 35 men Sawtell Spirit defeated defending champions Port United.

“In the men, Coffs Coast Tigers scored a late winner to defeat Port United.

“And in the women, Coffs United Lionesses broke Urunga’s reign of the trophy with a hard-fought victory.

“So we look forward to Challenge Cup 44 where some plans are already being discussed.

“Thank you everyone for your participation,” Jones said.

Nambucca Strikers entered four teams in the event, two teams in the Women’s Open and one team in the Men’s Open and one in the Over 35s.

The community football season kicks-off after Easter on 22 April.


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