Boambee ready for return to top flight
By GREG WHITE
AT the beginning of the last North Coast Football season when the Coffs Coast Advocate asked each coach his aspirations for 2006, Boambee's new assistant Neil Brayshaw declared his club's ultimate goal was procuring a berth in premier league.
"Three years at least until we contemplate the top level," he said at the time, without knowing how soon his dream would be realised.
With Gordon Barton and Brayshaw at the helm, the club won the minor premiership before taking the men's second division grand final on goal difference.
In 2007, Boambee FC will debut at the top level with Rob Harbour making the switch from Coffs Coast Tigers to take the reins as first grade boss.
"We have the largest junior base in the region and feel the time is right to make the big leap," club president Rob Manning said.
"Rob Harbour has vast experience and an impeccable record and will build on the good work done by Gordon Barton in attaining promotion from second division."
In a long club coaching career, Harbour-coached sides have been grand finallists in four of the last seven years, resulting in two premiership titles.
He also undertakes personal football coaching with a special affinity for the arts and sciences of keeping goal.
"Neil Brayshaw is in his second year with the club and as well as being assistant coach will have the added responsibility of keeping a close eye on the progress of club juniors," Manning added.
"We continue to run programs from the 'Just For Kicks' development, right up to under-16s, and are just as sucessful with women's sides, winning many premierships."
Boambee will kick off the season with a get-together and 'Meet the Coaches' function at Ayshire Park, starting at 6pm on Thursday January 18.
"We can offer a lot of incentives to our players and I can assure them there's an opportunity for everybody to play first grade," Manning said.