Lake Heights seeking to turn premiership into finals success

Unbeaten regular season: The Lake Heights 13 boys claimed the premiership. Picture: Mark Tyssen.
Unbeaten regular season: The Lake Heights 13 boys claimed the premiership. Picture: Mark Tyssen.

The Lake Heights under 13s football team may have progressed through the regular season unbeaten, however that now counts for nought as Illawarra junior football finals get underway this weekend. 

The side is gearing up for a finals clash with Port Kembla after a year featuring 16 wins, two draws and zero defeats. Incredibly, the team conceded just four goals throughout the entire season. 

The team has been making waves all season, with experienced junior coach Mark Tyssen labelling the side one of the most talented junior teams he has seen. 

“This is one of the best junior teams I have come across in the Illawarra,” Tyssen said. “With many players only 11 and 12 years of age this season and many playing full-field 11 on 11 for the first time this year, they have enjoyed a spectacular year and are looking forward to the finals.”

The team’s opponents, Port Kembla, will provide a stiff challenge, however, with the Zebras losing just two games all season. The minor semi-final will see University take on Lakeside.

Lake Heights will also be well-represented in this weekend’s other finals matches, with three other teams to feature in their respective finals divisions. 

The club’s men’s 16 years team will take on Albion Park in a major semi-final after finishing four points clear on the ladder, their second straight premiership. Lake Heights triumphed 3-2 when the two teams clashed just a fortnight ago. 

Highlands will face Fernhill in the minor semi-final.

The Lake Heights 12 boys secured a finals spot with a victory on the weekend and will take on South Coast United in the minor semi-final. The major semi-final will see unbeaten Figtree face Bulli for a spot in the grand final. 

Shellharbour will enter the 12 girls finals as heavy favourites after claiming the premiership by 10 points. The team lost just one match all season, last weekend to a desperate Thirroul aiming to book a finals berth. 

Shellharbour will face Helensburgh in the major semi-final, while Thirroul will take on Port Kembla.