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19 November, 2021


THE longest running post season cup tournament in the country was resurrected this year after Taking a year off due to COVID.

Image: Edge Hill Untied A-Grade Womens Champions

Six men’s A Grade sides, seven men’s over 45’s teams and seven ladies teams competed over three days last weekend amongst the heat, the sweat and booze. 

Kyle Greene, a committee member of the Stratford United Football Club who helped put the event together said, “Everyone looks forward to this tournament each year, it’s about coming together as friends more so than a competitive competition”.

“Whoever wins has the bragging rights for a year until the next tournament”. There were a lot of “Has-been’s” and some “Wannabe’s”, it’s all about kicking a ball around and having some fun. He said. This year the FNQ Stingers, a local group of Indigenous players from all the local clubs in the Cairns region took out the A grade with a solid 2-1 win over the Mareeba young guns. The ladies A-Grade division was taken out by the Edge Hill Tigers. 

The most heated division that holds the most clout is the over 45’s with lots of players who were stars in their heyday. This year the over 45’s was taken out by Mareeba in a hard-fought win over Innisfail. The only goal of the game was scored by Pasco Rogato who showed the stamina of a 20- year-old to secure the bragging rights for the Tableland club.

Mareeba United over 45’s Champions
FNQ Stingers A-Grade Champions

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