North Coast still on top
THE North Coast Football representative squads took on the Hunter Valley at the International Stadium last weekend.
The day got off to another good start with the age 13 boys notching up their fourth victory of the season against a very determined Hunter Valley.
Mat Hughes grabbed the first goal following numerous raids upon the opposition goal.
Nicholas Secomb added the second with a lovely strike following some great lead-up play by Ryan Cole.
Secomb's strike left the opposition keeper with little chance. The boys went into half-time leading 2-0.
The second half saw the home side under immediate pressure from which they conceded a goal.
Play travelled from end to end in what was a very entertaining match with both sides being denied with some last grasp defence with the home side running out 2-1 winners.
Steve Simpson's age 14 boys conceded a soft goal to go to the break trailing 1-0.
After some inspiring words at half-time the lads turned the second half around with a brand of football reminiscent of the great Dutch sides of the '70s.
Alex Duly grabbed the all important equaliser before the home team had two goals disallowed for off-side and another by an unsighted referee where the ball clearly hit the roof of the net.
Calan Tarrant slotted the game breaker, which turned out to be decisive with a well taken penalty in the dying minutes of the game.
The age 15 boys were up against a confident Hunter squad that had been very competitive prior to Sunday.
The local lads were on fire with a four goal avalanche in the first half.
Karrnanny Pearce grabbed a brace and his post goal celebrations are as good as you'll see anywhere.
Jamie Arthur slotted a first half penalty while Rory Dollard again got his name on the score sheet.
The lads eased off a bit in the second stanza but were denied by some great keeping by the Hunter custodian.
Jarred Doyle grabbed a late goal to have the home side running out winners 5-0.
Marcel Tussie was outstanding in the middle of the park while Braden Burgess was difficult to contain every time he got forward down the flank.
The age 16 boys had three of their high profile players out, two injured and one suspended but managed to remain undefeated with a dour 1-1 draw against a very aggressive Hunter Valley.
Dave Funnell worked tirelessly up front and was superbly supported by Rory Goddard who dominated the middle of the park.
Mitchell Palmer opened the scoring with a well taken strike that ripped the back of the net.
The lads squandered several first half opportunities and went to the break leading 1-0.
The Hunter Valley came out fired up and started to trouble the local lads who got caught out on several occasions.
Nathanial Shilter made a couple of superb saves that kept the home side in the match before conceding a late equaliser.
The age 15 girls lost 5-1 but the girls kept plugging away right to the end. Ashli Deane worked hard while Kirra Bryce didn't stop trying throughout.
Keith Miller's age 18 girls were back to their wining ways with a comprehensive 5-0 victory of the hapless Hunter.
Bonnie Miller-Tucker grabbed a hat-trick with Ellie Hall and Nicole McVicar adding their name to the score sheet.
This Sunday sees the local sides playing at home against the very competitive Macquarie.