2023 National Youth Championships for Boys Day Five Wrap

Football Victoria has completed a clean sweep of the National Youth Championships 2023 Boys’ Tournament winning both the Under-15 and 16-Age Groups at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood.

The stands were overflowing with eager spectators and supporters who on Friday witnessed the culmination of five days of high-quality competition from Football Australia’s nine state and territory Member Federations. Over 340 goals were scored across the tournament which featured a total of 440 players. 

Northern NSW teams finish on a high 

NNSWF Technical Director Ryan Doidge was thrilled to wrap up a successful tournament with the under-15s and under-16 boys' teams playing their final matches on Friday morning.

The under-15s team fought hard to finish square with NSW Metro Blue on day five after a 1-1 draw. Dash Baker added another goal to his name for the tournament scoring the single goal to secure a point for his side. 

The under-16s team continued their winning ways defeating South Australia 3-1 in their final match of the tournament. Luca West, Will Dobson and Alexandro Nunes all hit the back of the net to claim their fifth victory of the week.  

“It is a pleasing way to finish what has been an incredible week for Northern NSW Football players. The players have conducted themselves exceptionally well both on and off the field,” Doidge said. 

“The games across the week provided another level of intensity which is something that is critical in helping the best players in our footprint to develop. Our teams showed that we can compete with the other federations across the country as well as be brave and creative against some of the best players for their age across the nation.

“Overall, it has been an incredible experience for our players. I am so proud of the players and coaching staff throughout the week. I am looking forward to watching the players continue their football journey.

“Hopefully we can carry this momentum over to next week in Wollongong for the National Youth Championships for Girls.

“Thank you to Football Australia for hosting a fantastic tournament and to the parents who travelled down to Sydney to support the boys.”

Football Victoria crowned champions 

The Under-15s and Under-16s Victorian Blue sides were triumphant in their respective Finals and also fostered the eventual Players of the Tournament for each Age Group. 

The final result in the Under-16s clash was decided by penalties as nothing could separate NSW Metro White and Victoria Blue after the allotted 60 minutes of play.  

Tensions skyrocketed as the fate of the National Youth Championships 2023 was held in the balance of a spot kick, and as the match-winning conversion found the back of the net, it was clear to see how much it meant to the Victorian side. 

In the Under-15s tournament, Victoria Blue produced a complete performance to upset last year’s Premiers Queensland White, 3-0, thanks to a double from Aaron Cartwright which guided the Victorian side to victory.

Additional honours were delivered to referees and keepers of the championships. Former Socceroo Josh Kennedy was also in attendance to present all the runners-up and champions medals to all players who participated in the Finals. 

Football Australia would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the NSW Government, through the Office of Sport and Destination NSW along with Destination Wollongong. 

The National Youth Championships Girls’ Tournament will take place across WIN Stadium and JJ Kelly Park, Wollongong from October 9-13. CLICK HERE to view the full National Youth Championships Digital Program.   


Players of the Tournament:  
Under-15s: Alexander Houridis, Football Victoria 
Under-16s: Christian Polyzoudis, Football Victoria

Goalkeepers of the Tournament:  
Under-15s: Noah Ellul, Football South Australia 
Under-16s: Robert Cook, Football Western Australia

Referees of the Tournament:  
Under-15s: Michael Ouliarias, Football Victoria 
Under-16s: Jack Powers, Football Queensland 
 

Under 15 Group A

Pos

Team

Played

Win

Loss

Draw

For

Against

Difference

Points

1

QLD White

6

4

0

2

13

7

6

14

2

Victoria Blue

6

4

1

1

14

9

5

13

3

NSW Metro Blue

6

3

2

1

12

9

3

10

4

South Australia

6

2

2

2

9

8

1

8

5

Capital Football

6

1

3

2

5

8

-3

5

6

NSW Country

6

0

6

0

3

15

-12

Under 15 Group B

Pos

Team

Played

Win

Loss

Draw

For

Against

Difference

Points

1

Western Australia

6

5

0

1

21

5

16

16

2

NSW Metro White

6

4

1

1

21

2

19

13

3

Northern NSW

6

3

1

2

14

6

8

11

4

QLD Maroon

6

3

2

1

12

8

4

10

5

Victoria White

6

2

3

1

11

14

-3

7

6

Tasmania

6

1

5

0

5

22

-17

3

7

Northern Territory

6

0

6

0

4

31

-27

Under 16 Group A

Pos

Team

Played

Win

Loss

Draw

For

Against

Difference

Points

1

Victoria Blue

6

6

0

0

18

0

18

18

2

NSW Metro Blue

6

3

2

1

10

3

7

10

3

South Australia

6

3

2

1

11

10

1

10

4

QLD White

6

2

3

1

5

6

-1

7

5

Capital Football

6

2

3

1

8

12

-4

7

6

NSW Country

6

0

6

0

2

23

-21

Under 16 Group B

Pos

Team

Played

Win

Loss

Draw

For

Against

Difference

Points

1

NSW Metro White

6

4

0

2

17

4

13

14

2

Victoria White

6

4

1

1

27

4

23

13

3

Northern NSW

6

4

1

1

14

5

9

13

4

Western Australia

6

4

2

0

13

4

9

12

5

Tasmania

6

2

4

0

8

19

-11

6

6

QLD Maroon

6

1

5

0

8

10

-2

3

7

Northern Territory

6

0

6

0

2

43

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