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2018 Champion of Champions Grand Finals

Published: 16/10/2018 11:08:00 AM

2018 is an historic year for both Football NSW Champion of Champions, celebrating its 50th year and for Eastern Suburbs Football Association.

With the Tournament created to pit Association League winners against each other, this Sunday 21st October 2018 Grand Finals, mark the first time ESFA have had three teams representing in CofC Grand Finals, proving this Association is no slouch when it comes to the skill of community football on offer.

With the Semi Finals held on Sunday 14th October 2018 in what appeared to be on paper a fairly easy ride through to the final, Coogee United AA Mens Championship, Dunbar Rovers O35 Men and Dunbar Rovers AA Women, took advantage of their skills and stamped victory on their match sheets. With Dunbar Women backing up from their Quarter Final win of Friday 12th October!

Coogee United AA Men Championship won Champion of Champions back in 2015. This season Coogee United have won the treble; League, Champions and ESFA Cup and are looking for the historic quadruple cup wins, writing their way into further football history books.

Dunbar Rovers AA Women Championship won the tournament in 2016, writing their name in history being the first ESFA Womens team to take the title. Can they write history again by being the second Womens team to win the Tournament with the additional bonus of being the same club!

With the O35 Mens Competition introduced to the tournament in 1996, Dunbar Rovers have yet to seal their name into the history books for O35 competition, however some of these players would be familiar with the notion, from previous AA Men campaigns and victories in Champion of Champions! We think their 10-1 victory in their semifinal has them reaching for more stars.

We asked our clubs a few questions as to how they felt about their current achievements and what Champion of Champions means to each coach, team and Club. It’s a common theme we think!

Coogee United AA Men – James Horan Coach/James Whiteford Club

Dunbar Rovers AA Women – David Buck (Mini) Coach, John Sweeney Club

Dunbar Rovers O35 Men –  Malc Carson/Charlie DeSouza, John Sweeney Club

ESFA:What does winning Champion of Champions mean to you as a coach?

Coogee:  We know this is the premier competition in the State and essentially the winners are crowned the best amateur league side in NSW. To be leading this group of lads is a real pleasure and win or lose come Sunday, we are really proud to be involved in such a great day.

Dunbar Women: As a coach, I will be honest it means more to me to see the team enjoying their football and playing in these types of competitions is great for this.  I am very excited that we are playing Albion Park, as over the past few years they have been a dominant force and you always want to play the best teams.  I have total respect for Albion Park and what they have and continue to achieve, as a club and it is a privilege to be playing against them on the biggest stage for club football in NSW.

Dunbar O35s: On behalf of the Management team headed up by Charlie, both Charlie and Feego have been around the club for a long time and between them as players and managers have won pretty much all there is to win. To add the Champions of Champions Trophy at Over 35's level would be a great accomplishment, and it would be great to do it with this great bunch of lads.

ESFA: What does Champion of Champions victory mean to your players?

Coogee: The squad also see this as the pinnacle of the season and are extremely excited about being on the stage. It’s been a long year for the squad having started pre-season in mid-January, so they will be giving everything they have, to finish on a high!

Dunbar Women: The players are just excited to be in another final of Champions of Champions, it doesn't come around that often and to be in 2 finals in 3 years is an amazing achievement and a testament to the quality of the football played by these ladies, week to week.  They are also very excited to face the challenge of Albion Park and know this will be a great game regardless of the outcome, just a wonderful game to be part of

Dunbar O35s: A lot of these players had the opportunity to play as all age Prems in the 2008 competition and to be able to do it again and have the opportunity to add another star to the Dunbar Shirt, is a great honour.  We know we are up against very tough opposition in Como, having played them earlier in the season in the State Cup.  We will have to be at our very best to win this.

ESFA: What does Champion of Champions mean to your Club?

Coogee: Having been fortunate to win this trophy back in 2015, we know how being involved in such a prestigious event puts a football club ‘on the map’. It’s an honour for everyone involved with the club and recognition not just for all the players, but for the committee, the broader Coogee United family and of course the ESFA for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, to make such a great club tick.

Dunbar Women and O35s: Winning leagues (minor premiership) is exciting for the Club, however competing in the CofC is an extension to the season and it shows how well that team has done throughout the whole season. This gives the Club the chance to go up against teams from other Associations.  Whether we win or lose, the Club is recognised state wide, which is a great advertisement. With 3 teams in the Association playing in the final of CofC, it shows how strong the senior competition is in ESFA. We wish all teams success come Sunday!  


Dunbar Rovers - Eastern Suburbs FA

Albion Park SC - Football South Coast VSP 1



Dunbar Rovers - Eastern Suburbs FA

Como West Jannali - Sutherland Shire VSP 2



Coogee United - Eastern Suburbs FA

West Pymble - Northern Suburbs FA



With all three teams playing at different times, there is no excuse not to drive on out to Valentines Sports Park and enjoy the excitement of Champion of Champions Finals.

We wish the coaches, players and spectators all the very best on Sunday. Represent and enjoy the football! It’s what it’s all about.


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