Byron Bay FC capped off a successful debut year for its High Performance Program, winning three Division 1 Grand Finals during Football Far North Coast’s grand final weekend.
All four HPP teams qualified for their grand final with the U12s, U14s and U15s all claiming the league and grand final double, meaning the program has claimed six trophies this year.
The U12s got the ball rolling on Friday night with a 2-1 win over local rivals Bangalow. It was a solid team effort with Valentino Lanzeni the star: the 10-year-old scoring both goals and winning man of the match.
Saturday saw the U15s continue Byron’s good form, defeating last season’s winners Eureka 3-2. Jack Crabtree scored one goal and won the official man of the match award. The U14s wrapped up the successful weekend on Sunday, defeating Lennox Head 3-2 with Jack Wilson awarded man of the match.
It was almost four championships too with the U13s leading Alstonville 2-0 with 15 minutes to go before conceding some late goals to fall just short.
The HPP was launched this year to provide an elite training environment for local players and was modelled off A-League Academy set-ups such as Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. In the first season of the program, the four HPP teams played 74 matches: winning 61, drawing three and scoring 313 goals.
There is the potential to add to the six trophies won already with the 12s and 14s traveling to Coffs Harbour next month to compete in the Northern NSW Champion of Champions tournament.
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