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Raiders and Bombers turn grand final into a sea of maroon

SPOILS OF BATTLE: Boambee's Jake Stitt and Urunga's Paul Pomroy face off for the North Coast Football premiership trophy at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Sunday evening. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
SPOILS OF BATTLE: Boambee's Jake Stitt and Urunga's Paul Pomroy face off for the North Coast Football premiership trophy at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Sunday evening. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

WHEN Boambee upset Coffs United across the two semi-final legs, Urunga admits to being happy with the results.

But Raiders centre-back Paul Pomroy said it's not because they don't have to meet Coffs United, which has been in every North Coast Football men's Premier League grand final for the past decade.

According to Pomroy, the chance to play the Bombers in tomorrow's grand final means the Raiders can look forward to a high-standard game.

"I think two of our best games this year have been against Boambee," Pomroy said.

"A 2-2 draw at Urunga and the 2-1 win at Boambee were just competitive games and both teams playing good football, and I think that's what North Coast Football wants."

What the match-up will create is a sea of maroon in the grandstand at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

It's been six years since Boambee was last a part of North

Coast Football's big dance, but goalkeeper Jake Stitt said the few remaining players at the club who played in that epic 5-3 extra-time loss are still hurting.

"If we can win this weekend, it will take that pain away," Stitt said.

A couple of years ago, suggesting the Bombers would reach the grand final in the near future would've been considered the stuff of fantasy.

In 2012, Boambee finished last and was conceding on average more than four goals a game.

Stitt said the kudos for the club turning around its fortunes to the point where Boambee is fielding grand final teams today in the top two tiers of both the men's and women's competitions, goes to one man.

"It's a credit to our coach," the goalkeeper said of Shane Duncan.

"It's been a long two years, but he works very hard on the technical side of things and with a young team that's really willing to learn, it's a good combination."

Don't think the Bombers are the only team motivated by turning around past performances though.

Pomroy said the Raiders have been guilty of some missed opportunities in the past.

"It's been a good few years where we've been consistently in the semi-finals, but probably a few years of disappointment at not making the grand final, so it's good to be here," he said.

PAST GRAND FINALS

Men's 1st Division/Premier League

2013

Coffs United def Northern Storm

2-1
2012

Coffs United def Northern Storm

3-2 (et)
2011

Coffs United def Urunga

4-1
2010

Coffs United def Coffs Coast Tigers

6-1
2009

Maclean def Coffs United

2-1
2008

Coffs United def Boambee

5-3 (et)
2007

Coffs United def Sawtell

1-0
2006

Urunga def Coffs United

2-2 (pens)
2005

Coffs United def Sawtell

2-1
2004

Coffs United def Coffs Coast Tigers

4-0
2003

Coffs Coast Tigers def Sawtell

3-0

Topics:  boambee bombers, c.ex coffs international stadium, grand final, ncf, north coast football, paul pomroy, soccer, urunga raiders



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