Lake Heights under-13s take on Woonona for top trophy

Lake Heights under 13s, back row from left: Steve Jovanovski (coach), Joel Perry, Michael Stojanovski, Michael Giraldi, Jacob Zipparo, Jacob Kalmanidis and Jeff Jovanovski (coach). Front row: Marc Cunzolo, Dylan Vlkanovski, Trent Ledwidge, Kyah Jovanovski, Jada Jovanovski, Blake Burkinshaw and Max Learmonth. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Lake Heights under 13s, back row from left: Steve Jovanovski (coach), Joel Perry, Michael Stojanovski, Michael Giraldi, Jacob Zipparo, Jacob Kalmanidis and Jeff Jovanovski (coach). Front row: Marc Cunzolo, Dylan Vlkanovski, Trent Ledwidge, Kyah Jovanovski, Jada Jovanovski, Blake Burkinshaw and Max Learmonth. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

From Wagga to Bankstown, Lake Heights under 13s have racked up the kilometres on their journey to the State Cup final.

But the decider at Blacktown on Sunday will have a distinct local flavour.

The undefeated under-13 outfit will come up against Illawarra rivals Woonona for the chance to claim coveted silverware.

The pair met just a fortnight ago in the region's Bob Maughan Cup final and are ready to add another instalment to their season-long duel.

"They have had a good run themselves. We actually played them two weeks ago in the local under 13s Cup and beat them in the final 1-0," Lake Heights coach Jeff Jovanovski said.

"We are on a really good run at the moment. We are undefeated in the [local] competition and have only conceded two goals all year."

Lake Heights' exploits in the local area have been emulated in the State Cup competition.

Jovanovski's squad has beaten Wagga 6-0, Bossley Park 2-0, Bankstown 4-2, Mount Pritchard 2-0 and Beacon Hill 2-0 to reach the final.

Jovanovski, who coaches the team with his brother Steve, put the positive results all down to the immense effort of his young side.

"We started training in early January, a couple of months before everyone else and it has just been hard work from the boys," he said. "They have been really committed and we have a good group of kids."

A win on Sunday would give Lake Heights their second piece of silverware for the year, but they have their sights on a third and fourth at the end of the campaign.

"We set out with a goal at the beginning of the year to win the local competition and reach Champion of Champions and this has just been a bonus," Jovanovski said.

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