Albury-Wodonga Football Association’s (AWFA) impressive representative record continued at the CLFA Country Championships at Shepparton across the long weekend.
The association sent eight teams down for the tournament, six of which participated in grand finals, with five, including all three girls sides, claiming the spoils.
AWFA vice-president of high performance Simon Randall was delighted with the weekend.
“The under 16 girls won 3-1, the 14 girls won 1-0, the 12 girls won 4-1, the 16 boys won 1-0, the 13 boys won 2-0 and the under 15 boys went down 2-0 in the final,” Randall said.
“The under 14 boys missed out on percentage and the under 12s boys got knocked out in the semi-finals.
“On top of that, we had local referees from Albury-Wodonga down there for games as well.
“It’s full credit to the coaches the association appointed and also the managers.
“The logistics to get all that organised is a huge effort.
“There’s more than 1300 kids competing at this tournament now and the Shepparton complex itself is an envy of most of regional Victoria and Southern NSW the way they’ve set it all up.”
“It’s getting back to its halcyon days, next year they’re looking at having 1400 players and the year after that they’re expecting 1500.”
Randall said most players involved in the tournament have upcoming Riverina commitments, along with state trials for certain age groups.
Albury is next due to host the CLFA Country Championships in 2021.
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