Mountain to climb
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THINK you have a busy weekend ahead of you?
Well let's see what's on your checklist.
Wash the car, mow the lawns, drive the kids somewhere and pick them up again, visit Dad for Fathers Day and barrack hard for the Wallabies tomorrow night.
Not bad, but it is nothing compared to what lies ahead for four girls from John Paul College.
Rachel and Nicole McVicar, Danielle Winders and Emily McQueen are guaranteed to need a decent sleep Sunday night after the weekend they have ahead of them.
The girls all travelled to Sydney yesterday as part of the school's open girls' soccer team.
Today they take on the might of Macarthur College in the State final of the Combined Independent and Catholic Schools knockout.
Win, lose or draw the quartet will then hop back on the bus for the return journey before playing in tomorrow's North Coast Women's Premier League grand final.
All four are members of the Coffs United Lionesses team who will be chasing back-to-back titles when they take on the Boambee Eagles at the Coffs Coast Stadium.
"We actually thought about flying down," Rachel McVicar said of the conundrum the girls were having about the busy schedule.
"We spoke to the coach about the situation and he just wished us all his best.
"I don't think he was too fussed about it, he just told us to keep up the fluids and lay off the sweets and the chocolate."
Despite the Contiki tour itinerary that her teammates are forced to endure, McVicar is confident about the chances of both her teams finishing victorious.
"In the school team there's another half a dozen players who've played rep before so we've all played together on and off for a while now," she explained.
"The Lionesses are only a young team with only three players aged over 18, but we've been playing together for a while too."