Avalon was well represented as the 2021 Football NSW State Cup kicked off last weekend. With the 2020 edition cancelled due to COVID-19, it was a step into the unknown for many teams making their first entry into statewide competition.

Our U13/2 side drew Northern Suburbs powerhouse Northbridge Saints in Round 2, with the game played at Cromer Park. Avalon eventually went down 2-0, but did the club proud with a dogged, determined effort in an enjoyable spectacle.

Coach Paul Wood is rightly proud of his team and the support of sponsor MCK Architects back again with the team this year.

Elsewhere our U14s also faced a tough trip to Quakers Hill to face Ponds FC, riding high in the Blacktown Association. Despite losing 6-2, the team received a glowing endorsement from their opposition coach who claimed Avalon were “the best team they had played all season.”

The State Cup offers our teams terrific experience, and the chance to test themselves against different teams across the Greater Sydney area and beyond. The women’s sides, 14/1s and 16/1s, start their campaigns next Sunday (30th) against Lane Cove FC and Shellharbour respectively.