The Under 12s team became the first Kemps Creek United side to win at the Kanga Cup recently when they took out the Under 12 Shield competition in the Nation’s Capital.
It was an enduring week for the squad who played a total of 10 matches in nine days, including six at the Kanga Cup, culminating with victory in the Grand Final against local team, Weston Molonglo. After cruising to 10-1 and 6-0 wins in their opening two pool games against Gundghlin United and the International Football School respectively, their third outing saw the Tigers run halted with a 3-2 loss to Weston Molonglo.
They re-grouped to record a comprehensive 10-0 quarter-final win over Belnorth in the afternoon of their loss to book a semi-final spot against local Southern Districts side Amity FC. After a dominant 3-0 victory, Kemps Creek were afforded an opportunity to avenge their earlier loss to the locals, defeating them 2-0 in the decider to take the trophy.
It was a pleasing result not only for the players, but Coach Geoff Stanmore who has worked tirelessly with the squad for the past two seasons. “Winning isn’t everything, I’m for the development of players and their enjoyment too, but to win was a reward for the effort these boys have put in for all competitions”, Stanmore said.
“We definitely look forward to returning to Canberra next year, it was a fabulous week away”, added the Coach.
The Vince Musico lead Under 16s team also competed in the Kanga Cup this year. After a sparkling start to the tournament with two strong wins against Canberra Olympic (6-3) and Wagga City (4-0), they stumbled in their third game in two days, going down to the International Football School 2-0.
In a must win final Pool Game, the Creek thumped Broadmeadow 7-0 to advance to the knock-out phase. The current Southern Districts table topping side fell a game short bowing out to eventual champions Lindfield, 3-1 in the semi-final.