PORT Macquarie under-16 girls tuned up for the Junior State Cup in the best possible fashion after they claimed the Northern Eagles championships at Taree.
It continued the run of success for 10 of the squad of 14 who won the NSW All-Schools title with St Joseph’s Regional College in November.
The Northern Eagles championships saw teams from Ballina, Parramatta, Forster, Taree, Macksville and Singleton Peninsula battle it out.
The talented Port Macquarie side cruised through the tournament undefeated, won the final 6-1 against Taree and were rarely challenged along the way.
Coach Cath Eichmann was impressed with the overall performance of her side who achieved a pre-tournament goal.
“The girls played seven games all up and went through undefeated which we set as a goal before the competition started,” Eichmann said.
“The most pleasing aspect about the win was the effort, the teamwork and the combinations the girls continue to improve on.”
Eichmann said the team had gradually improved year by year after playing together for the last five years.
They are now confident of progressing deep into the Junior State Cup.
“They need to be at that level to perform at the Junior State Cup alongside teams like Newcastle and Wagga Wagga,” she said.
Port Macquarie also won bragging rights ahead of the upcoming tournament which looms as the biggest ever, with three wins over Taree throughout the competition.
They defeated them 5-0 and 7-3 earlier in the championships at Taree before the win in the final.
“We’ve got a hard draw going into the state cup, but they couldn’t be more ready,” Eichmann said.