The WPSS U10 group have departed for Australia this morning to take their place in the Sydney International Cup 2018.
The WPSS side have been drawn against 5 teams from clubs and or academies in Australia in the group stage in what will be an awesome test for our young guns.
The tour is the perfect opportunity for the players to not only experience a competitive international tour environment but also live as young professionals for the tour period as full time footballers.
You can also follow the tour on social media channels Facebook and Instagram.
The group stage kicks off on Sunday with a full days schedule first up for the players.
Great start to the Sydney International Cup
It has been a huge couple of days in Sydney for our WPSS U10’s.
The team has settled in well to the impressive Sydney Academy of Sport venue which is the home to over 100 teams for the Sydney International Cup 2018.
Saturday saw the boys train in the morning before joining all the other competing teams at the opening ceremony.
A great coming together of different cultures and some fun interactions around the usual formalities. Jedd White represented WPSS in the U10 juggling challenge and took out first place!
Sunday was the big kick off with a tough 4 game schedule to begin the group stage.
A great effort by the players to win all 4 games, registering 17 goals in the process and keeping 4 clean sheets.
Today sees the team complete group play with one more fixture before the finals start later on this afternoon.
Keep up to date with all the results as they happen on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
WPSS march into grand final
Another big day in Sydney for the U10’s has seen them improve their overall record to 7 wins from 7 and qualify for the grand final of the Sydney International Cup 2018!
A first up day 2 win against Marouba United FC completed group play and confirmed top spot for the WPSS youngsters heading into the finals series.
CC Strikers of Sydney provided the opposition in the knock out quarter final and the boys kept up the impressive momentum with goals to Eric Tuatagaloa and Thomas Nelson securing a 2 nil victory.
The big one came late in the day against a top side in Futboltec Academy from Sydney.
The game didn’t kick off until 8 pm local time in Sydney and by the time it started the crowd had swelled to hundreds of spectators which created a great atmosphere for the boys to play in.
A lightening fast start from WPSS saw the team take control of the game early and build a lead that would ultimately seal the passage to the final!
Jedd White hit the back of the net twice whilst Thomas Nelson followed up his goal in the quarter final with another 1 here in the 3 nil semi final win.
Today sees the grand final played against the Brazilian Soccer School of Sydney, 6 pm NZT.
Keep up to date with the game as it happens on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
WPSS win the Sydney International Cup
Congratulations to our WPSS elite school U10 group for a wonderful weekends work in Sydney.
Coached by WPSS director Jo Dawkins the players have not only represented WPSS with distinction but also New Zealand, seeing off all challengers to win the Sydney International Cup in fine style both on and off the pitch.
After a gruelling schedule over the first 2 tournament days Tuesday was not as hectic with just the grand final for the youngsters to focus their energies on.
The Brazilian Soccer Schools of Sydney provided the opposition, physically strong with a few real quality individuals to cope with.
The WPSS players once again took the occasion in their stride, unintimidated by the atmosphere the U10’s picked up from where they left off in the semi final performing with skill, confidence and concentration.
Goals to Bernardo Tofono and Thomas Nelson’s third finals goal in as many matches were the difference in a great game of football enjoyed by all the supporters at the big youth event.
A 2 nil final win for the WPSS U10 to cap off a fantastic overseas experience for the players that has seen them grow immensely over the course of their short time in Sydney.
In addition to the team award the WPSS boys were also recognised with individual honours.
Cooper Te Ratana was a rock in goal the whole tour and was awarded the Golden Glove as best Goal Keeper whilst Jedd White picked up his prize for winning the individual players juggling competition.