Playing like champions

HOLIDAY Coast can officially lay claim to being the top soccer association in country NSW. It is the only country association with teams competing in the Champion of Champions semi-finals, a knock-out competition contested by all minor premiers throughout the State. With three teams ? Corindi Red Rock open women, Woolgoolga under-16 boys and Coffs United Lions under-16 girls ? Holiday Coast is the equal-highest represented association in the State. "The records at this stage suggest we are (the best country association) and you can't argue with the facts," Holiday Coast president Jim Graham said yesterday. "It is by far our best result ever and is a major achievement. "It proves our ongoing development programs are obviously working. "To be the equal-best ranked association in NSW is a tremendous effort and all the clubs, players and coaches need to be congratulated." Graham is confident all three sides can continue through to the finals of the competition. "There is no reason why two or three of them can't make the finals," he said. "Especially given that Corindi Red Rock were pretty lacklustre on the weekend and still won like they did, it is a major indication of what they could do if they put it all together. "And Woolgoolga have played in the final as under-14s and under-15s, but lost both times." Graham admitted the draw had helped the Holiday Coast sides along the way, but added that luck had also gone against the local clubs throughout the competition. "The draw has been kind, but you have still got to go out there and win the games you play," he said.

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