Queanbeyan hosted the Kanga Cup for the first time | GALLERY

The Kanga Cup was held for the first time ever in Queanbeyan this week.

Wright Park played host to 192 football games across eight fields and four days.

The tournament, which is the largest youth football tournament in the Southern Hemisphere, has been held in Canberra since 1993 but made its first trip across the border this year.

The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Monaro Panthers worked together to bring the competition to town.

Anthony Blake, Panthers coach and event manager for the week, said both players and families had been impressed with Queanbeyan as hosts.

“Feedback has been phenomenal,” Mr Blake said.

“I think it’s a really good outcome for Queanbeyan.”

Teams travelled from Sydney, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and Canberra to play in Queanbeyan.

Council confirmed that it has approved funding for the 2018 event.

Queanbeyan hosted the under 10s this week, in the first occasion that an age group had all its games at one location.

Mr Blake said this would be important in 2018. Next year, teams and families will know Queanbeyan will be their base for the week and can book accommodation in town and help local businesses, he said.


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