Northern NSW Football conduct draws for preliminary rounds two and three of 2023 Australia Cup

February 8th, 2023

Northern NSW Football has conducted its draws for preliminary rounds two and three of the 2023 Australia Cup.

The draws were broadcast live on Monday afternoon, with 63 teams from across Community and HIT Northern League One football involved in the draw, representing all seven NNSWF Member Zones.

The competition has again been split between a Northern Zone and Southern Zone. The Northern Zone features 28 teams representing Football Far North Coast (three), North Coast Football (nine), Football Mid North Coast (six) and NNSWF – Northern Inland (10) member zones.

The Southern Zone is made up of 26 community clubs from Hunter Valley Football (five), Macquarie Football (seven) and Newcastle Football (14) member zones as well as nine HIT Northern League One clubs.

The HIT Northern League One clubs enter the competition in round three.

Northern Conference round two matches will be played on the weekend ending 19 February, with round three fixtures the following weekend. While Southern Conference round two matches will be played on the weekend ending 20 March, with round three fixtures the following weekend.

The 12 NPL Men’s NNSW clubs will enter the competition in round four. This will see a total of 75 NNSWF clubs enter the Australia Cup this season, the most since 2018.

There will be seven knockout rounds to decide the two NNSWF representatives that qualify for the national round of 32.

The two national round representatives will also play off in the NNSWF State Cup final to crown a NNSWF cup champion.

NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley said it was an exciting year for the competition.

“The Australia Cup is such an important part of the national football calendar so it’s wonderful that we’ve had such great commitment from clubs across northern NSW that want to be a part of it,” Bentley said.

“This year we are also bringing back the NNSWF State Cup. This will give our two clubs that will represent us in the national round of 32 the chance to play in a final with an opportunity to win a trophy.

“The main change to the 2023 tournament will see rounds six and seven played at club venues rather than the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, with an open draw between the qualifying Northern Conference and Southern Conference teams to determine match locations.

“This decision was based on feedback from participating clubs, with the aim to see more matches at club venues.”

For the full list of preliminary rounds fixtures visit

Southern Zone
Round Two Fixtures

Newcastle Uni Men’s FC BYE

South Maitland FC BYE

Westlakes Wildcats FC BYE

Lambton Jaffas Junior SFC BYE

Newcastle Suns FC v Lake Macquarie FC

Merewether Advance SFC v Newcastle Croatia FC

Bolwarra Lorn JSC v Garden Suburb FC

Kurri Kurri FC v Dudley Redhead United Senior FC

Kotara South FC v North United Wolves FC

Stockton Sharks FC v Swansea FC

Nelson Bay FC v Minmi Wanderers FC

Mayfield United Senior FC v Greta Branxton FC

Warners Bay FC v Mayfield United Junior SC

Hamilton Azzurri FC v New Lambton Junior FC

Medowie FC v Barnsley United FC

Southern Zone
Round Three Fixtures

Merewether Advance SFC/Newcastle Croatia FC v Singleton Strikers FC

Thornton Redbacks FC v Kurri Kurri FC/Dudley Redhead United Senior FC

Belmont Swansea United FC v Mayfield United Senior FC/Greta Branxton FC

Kahibah FC v Hamilton Azzurri FC/New Lambton Junior FC

Warners Bay FC/Mayfield United Junior SC v Toronto Awaba FC

Wallsend FC v Bolwarra Lorn JSC/Garden Suburb FC

Stockton Sharks FC/Swansea FC v West Wallsend SFC

Cessnock City FC v Newcastle University Men’s FC

Newcastle Suns FC/Lake Macquarie FC v South Maitland FC

Lambton Jaffas Junior SFC v Medowie FC/Barnsley United FC

Westlakes Wildcats FC v South Cardiff FC

Nelson Bay FC/Minmi Wanderers FC v Kotara South FC/North United Wolves FC

Northern Zone
Round Two Fixtures

Armidale City Westside FC BYE

Kempsey Saints FC BYE

Tamworth FC BYE

Hillvue Rovers FC BYE

Demon Knights FC v Coffs Coast Tigers FC

East Armidale FC v Southern United FC

Alstonville FC v Urunga FC

Lismore Richmond Rovers FC v Camden Haven Redbacks FC

Bellingen FC v Oxley Vale Attunga FC

South Armidale United FC v Narrabri FC

Coffs City United FC v Bangalow SC

Inverell v Woolgoolga United FC

Lake Cathie FC v Sawtell & Districts FC

Port Macquarie United SC v Maclean FC

Westlawn Tigers FC v Northern Storm FC

Moore Creek FC v Port Saints FC

Northern Zone
Round Three Fixtures

East Armidale FC/Southern United FC v Moore Creek FC/Port Saints FC

South Armidale United FC/Narrabri FC v Westlawn Tigers FC/Northern Storm FC

Bellingen FC/Oxley Vale Attunga FC v Kempsey Saints FC

Tamworth FC v Alstonville FC/Urunga FC

Inverell/Woolgoolga United FC v Lake Cathie FC/Sawtell & Districts FC

Lismore Richmond Rovers FC/Camden Haven Redbacks FC v Port Macquarie United SC/Maclean FC

Armidale City Westside FC v Coffs City United FC/Bangalow SC

Demon Knights FC/Coffs Coast Tigers FC v Hillvue Rovers FC

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