Tamworth FC going ahead in leaps and bounds

TAMWORTH FC had 17 junior teams and four senior teams in all competitions last season.

At Gipps Street on Thursday an afternoon registration session indicated the city’s youngest football club might campaign with even more players and teams in 2013.

While FC didn’t win any junior competitions, it made the finals in all competitive age groups while its women’s side won the inaugural 11-a-side Tamworth Football Association women’s competition and its senior men’s side won the Northern Inland Football Premier League first grade competition.

“Not bad for a club that’s just four or five years old,” club stalwart and founder Wayne May said. “We only started with three teams. 

“Now we have 17 junior teams and four senior men’s and women’s sides.

“And judging by a lot of new signings we will have a few more teams.”

Tamworth FC has teams in all the age groups from Under 6 to 16.

“Our 14s lost in a penalty shoot-out in their grand final but all the other competitive sides made finals.

“The women were great, winning their premiership. But they have lost a few players to uni.

“So they are recruiting a few more.

“And we did win the big one (Premier League). 

“That’s only taken four years. Defending it is going to be the hardest thing.”

May coached the FC side to its first PL success and hopes to repeat that this season although his side missed an early run when its opponents in the first round of the State Cup forfeited.

“We’re through to the second round in March,” May said.

“We play Orara Valley in Taree on March 16.

“We also hope to have a trial against Gunnedah Imperials over here on the 10th (March). 

“Then we play Urunga Raiders over there in a trial on March 23. 

“So that should give us three weeks of good football before the start of the Premier League season (April 6).”

He said Tamworth FC has another registration afternoon at Gipps Street this Thursday.

“Same time and same venue,” he said.

Hopefully same PL result later in the year.

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