Scorpions sting Lions
By BOB HARRIS
ANYONE who thought this seasons North Coast Football (Soccer to the uninitiated) competition was going to be a one horse race again had better return to their bookmaker.
Thursday evenings postponed game between last years Premiers, Coffs United Lions and fellow grand finalists, Sawtell Scorpions resulted in the young Sawtell outfit defeating the lions 2-1.
The Lions will still be regarded as red hot favourites to retain their title but their coach Brett Adams will have to make some serious changes to a team that appear to be missing the skill and flair of previous years.
For sure it is early days yet but on this showing and with the early form of other challengers it looks set to be a very competitive season.
This weekend sees round three of the premiership and some very interesting clashes.
Two games are set down for today with the Coffs United Lions, who will be wounded from Thursday night's defeat at the hands of Sawtell, travelling up to Grafton to battle with the Westlawn Tigers.
This should be a walk in the park for the Premiers who will be keen to get their first points on the board.
Grafton's Westlawn Tigers have had a mediocre start to the year and will be desperate to finish off the bottom given the fact that the last place team will be relegated into the newly formed 2nd Division.
In today's other game the southerners from Nambucca Valley United host Woolgoolga Wolves.
The lads from the land of the big white temple should get the points here but Valley have a 'never say die' attitude this year, as they showed last weekend against Sawtell, and there will be no easy points on the Macksville marshes.
Two games are set down for Sunday where Sawtell will host the other feline team from Coffs.
Coffs City Tigers have started the season off with two defeats and they will be hoping to take at least a point away from Toormina Oval.
In an effort to keep up with Northern Storm's York Street mobile cappuccino service the Scorpions will be opening their new gourmet catering facility 'Colleens caf.'
Bob's burgers and Coffee Cheers will keep the Toormina faithful well fed as their team try to get a home ground win against the Coffs Coast Tigers.
In the final match of the round Northern Storm travel south to Morgo Street to put the wind up the Urunga Raiders.
This is sure to be a torrid encounter between two teams that are heading the table after winning their first two games.
With home ground advantage and the parochial crowd the Raiders should maintain their unbeaten record and stamp an early claim on a top four place.