THE Joeys Mini World Cup comes to a head today when finals in all four divisions will see Cup champions crowned at the Inverell Sporting Complex.
The Cup kicked off for the fourth year on Monday and was highlighted by a huge upset yesterday when the unbeaten Frankfurt FC Under 17s were beaten 4-1 by a tenacious Coffs Harbour outfit playing as Australia.
The upset meant that if Muswellbrook (Brazil) had beaten Tamworth (Portugal) by nine goals, the international favourites would have missed out on the Under 17 Final.
Fortunately for the Germans, Muswellbrook could only manage a six-goal win, making for an interesting final today.
The side from Frankfurt will have a rematch against Coffs Harbour in the final, the only side to defeat them in the tournament so far.
Tamworth will play Muswellbrook (Brazil) in the play-off for third place.
In the ladies’ division, another couple of upsets have defending champions from Waikato (New Zealand) sitting in third place behind a combined Tamworth and Armidale side (Spain), and group leaders Harristown (Japan).
There are still two games to be played this morning before the finals are played, giving the international side a glimmer of hope to still go back to back.
The under 14s division is played as a round robin with no finals and a points system used to crown the world champions.
With a few games still to play, Toowoomba Grammar (Brazil) is on top, with Coffs Harbour (Italy) in second, followed by Musgrave (Argentina), and Lismore (Australia).
Organiser Heinrich Haussler and tournament patron Rale Rasic with the help of a few others have whittled the ladies’ division down to a group of 22 players.
One of the lucky 22 will be named best and fairest of the tournament and, as such, will go on a training and playing tour of Germany.
There will also be trips for two of the best men’s players in the different divisions, as well as a tour of four Champions League-winning clubs for the best goalkeeper.
The winner of the awards will be named this afternoon along with the champions’ presentation.
Extremely windy conditions hampered the tournament yesterday, with the team who could handle the conditions best getting on top.