Westfields Sports High of Western Sydney won the Bill Turner Trophy last year, but Wollumbin High School has set its sights on claiming the cup this year.
Westfields Sports High of Western Sydney won the Bill Turner Trophy last year, but Wollumbin High School has set its sights on claiming the cup this year. Lloyd Turner

National finals beckon for local football heroes

IN ITS bid to become Australia's best young girls school football team, Wollumbin High School is going to have to leave no stone unturned.

Wollumbin's quest for a national championship could indeed be carved in stone after star siblings, Charli and Summer Stone, fired the school into the quarter-finals of the national Bill Turner Trophy football tournament, which started as a 400-team competition.

Charli Stone opened Wollumbin's account midway through the first half of their round of 16 clash with Bellingen. Later, Charli's sister Summer scored the sealer.
Charli Stone opened Wollumbin's account midway through the first half of their round of 16 clash with Bellingen. Later, Charli's sister Summer scored the sealer. Bill Turner School Football.

A double from Summer Stone sealed Wollumbin's 2-1 victory in the round of 32 clash against Trinity Catholic College.

The sisters then took a goal each in the 2-0 victory in the round of 16 clash against Bellingen, almost clearing the path to the finals for Wollumbin.

But one final hurdle remains: a quarter-final clash against the imposing Hunter Sports High, a dedicated sports high school who reached the Bill Turner Trophy final last year. The match-up will be played in Coffs Harbour this Tuesday.

Wollumbin High School will take on Hunter Sports High - the team pictured in green - who made it all the way to the Bill Turner Trophy final last year.
Wollumbin High School will take on Hunter Sports High - the team pictured in green - who made it all the way to the Bill Turner Trophy final last year. Lloyd Turner.

Should Wollumbin come out victors, the squad from Murwillumbah's North Arm will be within eyesight of high school football's summit, as it will qualify for the National Finals Series.

The National Finals will be played at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point in September, where the top four teams in the country will battle for the crown. The trophy is a national 15-years-and-under knock-out competition.

Wollumbin High School's girls are into the last eight teams in the country in Bill Turner Trophy football.
Wollumbin High School's girls are into the last eight teams in the country in Bill Turner Trophy football. Bill Turner School Football

The Bill Turner Trophy is a high school competition for students aged 15-years-and-under in a knock-out format. Truly nation-wide, competing schools come from Cairns to Melbourne, all regions of NSW and the ACT.

For more information on the competition, visit billturnersoccer.com.au.

Wollumbin's goalkeeper Ciarn Larrescy was outstanding in her team's clean sheet performance against Bellingen.
Wollumbin's goalkeeper Ciarn Larrescy was outstanding in her team's clean sheet performance against Bellingen. Bill Turner School Football.

FINAL 8: BILL TURNER TROPHY

Wollumbin High School vs Hunter Sports High

When: Tuesday, August 28

Kick off: noon

Where: Coffs Harbour Stadium, Outer Ground, 65 Stadium Dr, Coffs Harbour



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