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Kotara kicks St Phillip’s out of Noel Cocking Shield


Kotara High School booked a berth in next week’s Bill Turner Cup Area Final following an impressive 2-0 victory over St Phillip’s Christian College Newcastle at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility today.

The win – on 9 June – elevated the side to a showdown with St Pius X High School in the Noel Cocking Shield, which will take place at the same venue on Wednesday 16 June.

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The match is scheduled to start at 10am.

The winner of the clash then faces the victor of the Kincumber High-Gosford High fixture that’s being contested at Frost Reserve, Kincumber, also on 16 June.

The Noel Cocking Shield, presented to the premiers of the Newcastle Area Final in the Bill Turner Cup, recognises the stalwart’s long-time involvement in the competition.

First fought out in 1979, with 34 sides, the former Kotara High School teacher is the last active member of the original committee.

The late Bill Turner AO, then Hunter CHS convenor, called a meeting of all the local CHS coaches at South Cardiff Soccer Club to discuss the formation of a new boys’ 15 years and younger tournament.

It then became known as the Bill Turner Cup – and has been active for more than four decades.

Mr Cocking was at that meeting, appointed to the inaugural executive, a position he holds to this day.

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The Shield, named after him, was struck after the 2019 annual general meeting, with St Pius X beating Newcastle High to capture the maiden crown.

Meanwhile, Hunter Sports High and Central Coast Sports will go head-to-head in the Murray Weaver Memorial Shield, from 11.30am, at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on 16 June.

Whoever prevails then tackles the conqueror of the St Phillip’s Cessnock-St Joseph’s Lochinvar match at the Speers Point venue, on a day yet to be decided.

Hunter Sports High were crowned the inaugural Murray Weaver Memorial Shield champions following a 4-2 triumph over Lambton High in 2019.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 intervened with the competition last year.

The trophy honours the late Murray Weaver, who scored the winning goal for Belmont High in the original Bill Turner Cup in 1979.

He played football from the age of seven with Valentine FC.

Tragically, Murray died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

His last match, for Leichhardt Police Citizens Youth Club, occurred on the day of his passing.

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