Time to eat a little Numble pie
By WAYNE EDWARDS
WHAT a difference a week can make.
Last week I tipped reigning Men's B Grade premiers Northern Beaches, not only to win against Bellingen Numbats but to take out the premiership.
Numbats proved me wrong, and didn't they let me know. Well done, boys.
In another major upset, Sawtell Cougars were blasted out by Southside Sharks, who are now my tip to take out the men's A grade.
The grand finals this weekend in men's will see Bellingen teams dominate the men's B grade and Southside the men's A grade.
Bellingen took the gamble of having two teams in men's B grade and it has paid off for the club.
They will also be represented in women's A grade with Angels trying for back to back premierships.
The Orara club will have a great chance of taking out both the women's A and A reserve titles.
Southside have the men's A Grade Sewn up and have their women's B grade team as favourites to take out their first premiership.
Urunga have their chance in women's A reserve and B grade, a win in either not beyond them.
The junior competition concluded last week with Southside dominating and winning the four grand finals.
Good luck to all teams in the grand finals this weekend and we also hope that Southside can get over Grafton Sailors on Saturday night.
Men's A Grade
In last Saturday's final, Sawtell Cougars were expected to be too strong for Southside Sharks. Unfortunately for Cougars no one told Sharks they had no chance and they played the game of their lives.
Sharks played strongly in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break. A positional change to have Troy Herbert move to striker shortly before half-time paid immediate dividends as he scored just prior to half-time.
The second half was very tight with each team scoring. Sharks appeared to have the game in hand until a defensive mistake saw Cougars score and level the match at 3-3.
The game went into extra time and an early short corner was converted by man of the match Troy Herbert to seal victory for Sharks.
This Saturday will see Southside Redbacks and Southside Sharks do battle in the men's A grade grand final at 2.30pm.
Redbacks have been the form team of the year, although Sharks have been team that Redbacks have struggled against throughout the season. The outcome will be close with the Southside club involved in the Grafton Men's Super League on Saturday night and therefore players from both Redbacks and Sharks will need to back up later in the evening to take on Grafton Sailors.
Woman's A Grade
The Final between North Tigers and Bellingen Angels saw Angels just outpoint Tigers, winning 3-2.
The game was extremely entertaining and neither team deserved to lose in the end.
Tigers now bow out of contention and Angels have the opportunity to defend their title.
This Saturday will see minor premiers Orara Emus take on defending premiers Bellingen Angels at 3.45pm.
While Emus will go into the game as favourites, the week off may not have helped and an upset may be on the cards.
Angels coach John Hope is very confident that the team will win back to back premierships. My tip is Emus to show their premiership form and win.
Men's B Grade
Minor Premiers and reigning premiers Northern Beaches were bundled out of the 2006 competition with a loss to Bellingen Numbats last weekend.
Numbats were too strong all over the park and won 2-0.
It was a disappointing end for Northern Beaches who appeared to be certain premiers until I started tipping them.
This Saturday at noon Bellingan Wombats will take on Bellingen Numbats. The younger Wombats should win, although the older Numbats are not expected to take it easy on them.
One thing is for certain, that the Federal Hotel will rock on Saturday night with the Bellingen Club assured of the Men's B Grade premiership. My tip is for Wombats to be too strong.
Women's A Reserve
Urunga Taylors took on Bellingen Old Stix last weekend and proved too strong to win 1-0 and book a grand final appearance.
The grand final will be played at 5pm on Saturday between minor premiers Orara Osprey and the Taylors.
Their last meeting in the major semi-final saw Osprey win 4-0 and they should take out the major premiership.
Women's B Grade
Urunga Blue Fins defeated Bellingen Young Angels 2-1 in last Saturday's final. Young Angels went to an early 1-0 lead, although Blue Fins came home too strong.
The grand final will be played 1.15pm on Saturday with minor premiers Southside Doorsplus keen to take out the title after being the bridesmaid for the past two seasons.
Doorsplus have had a three-week lay off, although this may have allowed those weary bodies to mend.
In the major semi-final Doorsplus dominated Blue Fins, although the final score of 2-1 to Doorsplus did not indicate this.
Blue Fins have a good chance and the game could go either way. I tip Doorsplus to be too strong on the day.
Men's Super League
Minor premiers Southside Coffs Harbour traveled to Grafton last Sunday to take on the in-form Grafton City Bears in the final.
Coming off an extra time loss to Grafton Sailors, Southside were keen to get on top of City Bears early.
The game was extremely tight with the Coffs team taking a first-half lead thanks to a short corner conversion by captain/coach Dean Ball.
City Bears scored what appeared to be a marginal goal to come back to 1-1 early in the second half and it wasn't until Southside's Jarrod Gorringe blasted a screamer past the City Bears goal keeper Dean Broomhall that the game was there for the taking.
For Southside, James Bellemy, Ball and Ashley Watson had great games in defence, while Gorringe, Chris Shipman and Heath Edwards were strong in attack.
The team will travel to Grafton by coach tomorrow, leaving the Coffs Harbour Hockey Complex at 5pm, picking up at the bus terminal near the Coast Hotel at 5.15pm.