Nambucca Strikers host 43rd Challenge Cup

Last year’s Women’s Open champions – Urunga Raiders.

OVER 400 Footballers will descend on Coronation Park, Nambucca Heads to battle for the 43rd Challenge Cup.

This year’s Challenge Cup is the largest on record with 26 teams from Sydney to Armidale competing in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Over 35s competition.

Matches kick-off on Friday evening 17 March and group matches continue all day on Saturday with finals on Sunday 19 March.

Sydney’s West Pymble will be seeking to retain the Men’s Open trophy but will face stiff competition from the Coffs Coast Tigers, Coffs United and a powerful contingent from the Mid North Coast.

Mid North Coast heavyweights Port Macquarie United and Kempsey Saints have both entered two teams each with several mouthwatering north versus south matchups.

Urunga women will be seeking to defend their trophy but will have stiff opposition from two Coffs United teams, Sawtell, Kempsey and two Nambucca teams.

Port United won last year’s over 35s competition and will face the Nambucca Strikers, Coffs Coast Tigers, Foreshore Barbarians and Armidale City.

Nambucca Strikers senior women’s coach Rhys Jones is excited for the family event to begin.

“Nambucca strikers FC are very excited to again run such a great family day with non-stop football,” he said.

“All teams play a round robin format with every team playing at least four games over the weekend.

“It’s very popular with teams and coaches in preparation for their long season ahead.

“See you there!” said Rhys.


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