Six of the best
COACH Hank Voermans has issued a chilling warning that his in-form Coffs United 16 years Lionesses soccer team has still not reached its peak.
Voermans made the comment after watching his side demolish their Champion of Champions semi-final opponents Southern Districts 6-0 on Sunday, booking themselves a place in the final against Shoalhaven on October 24.
While Voermans wasn't prepared to single out any individuals after a polished team performance, he must have sat back with pride as Ella Van Der Boon collected her first hat trick to inspire the side to victory.
"These girls just keep impressing me by going up to another level, we know nothing about our grand final opponents but they will need to be a good side," he said.
"Ellie Hall is the rock the team is built around and her sister Laura is a rising star, every one was at the peak of their form."
Voermans said he had been pre-warned of the physical tactics adopted by Southern Districts although he said the Lionesses didn't give them time to find their feet.
"We started with such enthusiasm that we had our first goal after a few minutes and after that the heads of the other team just went down and stayed there," he said.
"We led them 3-0 at half time but the girls didn't need to be told not to rest on their laurels, they were determined to put the opposition away in the second half."
Voermans says this is a group of girls who are well disciplined and act on what the coach has to say.
"I have always encouraged a brand of attacking soccer which promotes depth and width, a lot of the other sides aren't used to facing this style of soccer which is from the old school," he said.
"They are all good soccer players but like girls their age they also find time to relax, they didn't stop singing and talking all the way home."
n Coffs United weren't the only ones to smother themselves in glory on the weekend, with Corindi Red Rock Breakers women's Premier League side also through to the Champion of Champions decider.
Corindi won in an absolute thriller, with midfielder Bonnie Moodie slotting a penalty goal in the last 30 seconds to seal a 4-3 victory over North-West Sydney club Gladesville Ravens.
"These girls never cease to amaze me," Corindi coach George Szemes said.
"I have never seen a team play soccer like they do."
Gladesville posted the first goal of the match after Corindi made a sluggish start, but the Breakers drew level soon after through Kinesha Warren and went to the break leading 2-1 when Hannah Moodie found the back of the net.
Corindi jumped out to a two-goal advantage soon after the resumption when Kinesha picked up a brace, only for Ravens to stage a fight back.
"Kinesha's second goal gave us a bit of breathing space... or so we thought," Szemes said.
"We could see Ravens all had their hands on their hips and they looked pretty knackered.
"But we fell in a big hole and they got back to 3-3.
"They had us under the hammer, but Jo (Powell) was exceptional at the back for us.
"We got a penalty in the last 30 second for (Ravens) tripping in the box and Bonnie slotted a beautiful goal. The girls were absolutely ecstatic, you should have seen the bus trip home." Corindi will now play the final at Parklea against Sutherland Association, who disposed of Canterbury 6-0 in the other semi final.
But, as the Breakers bandwagon rolls on, it will take a good side to knock them off.
"Bring it on, we can't wait for the final," Szemes said.
n Woolgoolga's under-16 years boys team missed out on a place in the final when they were beaten 2-0 in their semi-final on Sunday.