2018 UNDER-16 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW RELEASED

2018 UNDER-16 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW RELEASED

For the first time ever, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, will host the 2018 Under-16 Australian Championships with the tournament running from July 6-13.

Find the full draw and fixture here.

Providing the first true opportunity for junior Australian athletes to represent their state at an elite competition, the Under-16’s is a vital aspect of the pathway while also giving the athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of national team coaches.

Every state and territory is represented in the boys and girls competitions this year, split into two pools with over 100 games to be played by the end of the week-long tournament.

The pool stage will run through to Tuesday, July 10 with the finals then beginning the following day before the bronze and gold medal games for the boys and girls are held throughout the day on Friday, July 13.

Local fans will have their fingers crossed for a Grand Final replay from last year’s boys competition when Queensland South met their state rivals, Queensland North for the gold medal.

This year’s home team finished with the silver medal though so they will be aiming to go one step further while NSW Metro, who have won three of the past five titles, will be looking to reassert their dominance on the tournament.

Vic Metro are on a two-year winning streak in the girls competition, after winning the Under-16 Championship every year from 2000-2013 but Queensland South got the job done in 2015 which will give their home fans hope for this year.

This year’s tournament is expected to bring in over 10,000 spectators during the week, contributing to a major boost for the local Sunshine Coast economy.

Stay tuned for the announcement of team lists soon and find the full draw and fixture here.

2018 Australian Under-16 Junior Championships:

July 6-13, 2018
University of Sunshine Coast Stadium and Caloundra Stadium
Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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