A bunch of boys from Tahmoor are proving they can match it with the best.
The Tahmoor Taipans under-12s boys soccer team has been in red-hot form at both local and state level.
The Taipans are on track to win a Macarthur Football Association (MFA) premiership and finished third in the recent Football NSW State Cup.
The team is co-coached by Matt Symons, Martin Frappell and Keith Haeusler.
Matt Symons said it had been a great year so far for his players.
"These kids had never played together before and they work so well as a team," Symons said.
Tahmoor was among 128 teams to compete in this year's State Cup.
The Taipans started with a thumping 6-1 win over Hanwood at Griffith.
"We only had 10 players and the boys were on fire - they just wanted to win so much," Symons said.
The boys returned home and secured 7-1 and 2-1 wins over Epping and West Pymble respectively at Cunningham Park, Gregory Hills.
Tahmoor then sealed an impressive 3-2 win on the road against a strong Dee Why outfit to book a place in the semi-finals.
The Taipans took on Marton at Riverwood's Bennett Park, falling 6-3 to bow out of the competition.
"It was a tough battle and they were a good team," Symons said.
"There was great team spirit from everybody - they clapped us off after the game."
Symons said the Taipans could be proud of their efforts in the State Cup.
"It's been so pleasing to watch the boys grow as a team," he said.
"The away games in particular helped them bond together.
"It was great to see boys from the little town of Tahmoor giving city teams a run for their money.
"This is the furthest that a Tahmoor soccer club team has gone in a State Cup competition."
The Taipans have juggled their State Cup commitments with strong performances in the MFA.
The side remains undefeated and sits on top of the under-12s boys division one ladder.
"It's fair to say it's been a good year for us so far," Symons said.
Details: Tahmoor Taipans Facebook page.