Soccer: Trinity triumphs over Woodlawn in SCU Cup finals
TRINITY Catholic College has confirmed its reputation as a leading soccer school by defeating St John's College Woodlawn in both finals of the inaugural Southern Cross University Cup.
After six weeks of round-robin play, the Trinity boys side, coached by local football legend Jim Holmes, progressed to the final without losing a game.
Woodlawn, coached by Ruben Garcia, was one of the competition's most potent attacking sides, scoring 11 goals in six games.
Trinity opened the scoring but Woodlawn hit back and it remained 1-all despite some exciting attack from both sides.
After 10 minutes of extra time, Trinity triumphed in a penalty shoot-out.
In the girls' final, Trinity loomed as the team to beat with coach Tamika Morrisey's side scoring 10 goals in the rounds.
But Woodlawn was fired up to take the game to the favourites after winning their previous three games under coach Jo Collis.
Trinity took a first-half lead through Carly Fuller. Woodlawn looked certain to score an equaliser after half-time but Trinity went the length of the field for a goal to Belinda Pirlo to take out the final 2-0.
This was the first year of the Southern Cross University Cup. Aimed at students aged 16 and under, boys and girls teams from the newly formed Rivers Secondary College (a collaboration of Kadina, Richmond River and Lismore high schools) went head-to-head with Trinity and Woodlawn to find Lismore's top high school soccer team.
Competition organiser Tony Wilson was pleased with the way the event was embraced by parents and players.
"We started the Southern Cross University Cup to give local students a chance of a different football experience and it has been a great success," Wilson said.
"There has been some tremendous attacking football on display and it has been a great example for the standard of football and the outstanding fellowship on display between teams and players."