Players from Blacktown clubs help get national wins

Felipe Zapata-Castro -  NSW V Victoria at the All Schools Football National Championships held at Lily Homes Stadium Seven Hills. Photo: Geoff Jones .

Felipe Zapata-Castro - NSW V Victoria at the All Schools Football National Championships held at Lily Homes Stadium Seven Hills. Photo: Geoff Jones .

THE NSW boys and girls' sides won School Sport Australia Football Championships last week.

Best school players from all states and territories except Tasmania competed in a round-robin at Blacktown and Glenwood.

The NSW boys secured their win with a 4-0 win over Queensland in the last match.

Felipe Zapata-Castro, a Rooty Hill High School student who plays for Blacktown City FC, was nominated as player of the tournament after slamming home six goals.

"This is the beginning of my journey," he said.

"The players that won this award in the past went and made a name for themselves,.'

"I won this award because I had an amazing support from my team mates and from the coaching staff."

Principal Christine Cawsey said Felipe winning the award made it a day of pride for the school.

"He is a naturally talented player and is inspirational to his mates on the soccer field," she said.

"What's so fantastic about this is he comes from a background that doesn't have all of life's advantages and soccer can be a pathway that means he can live his own dream."

Parramatta resident Brian Jamba, who also represents Blacktown City FC, said playing at his club made settling into this level easier.

"It's my first time playing for NSW and it's a high level but I've settled in OK," he said.

"Playing for Blacktown is a good preparation. It might even be harder because there's some older players."

The NSW girls dominated the event, winning five from five games and finishing on 15 points with a goal difference of plus-18.

Two Blacktown Spartans played for the girls' team and were selected to the Australian team squad.

Sarah Easthope, 18 and a Penrith Christian School student, said this was a great experience.

"Its the first time in the state league and it's good to represent our state," she said.

"I think we've shown our true colours and how good we really are."

Tara Pender recently scored the winning goal for Hills Sports High in the state football final.

She said selection for the national championship had inspired her to play better.

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