Urunga hungry for success
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
RIDING on the wave of the club's greatest ever start to a season, the Urunga Raiders are hoping tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash in the NBN Premier League will attract a monster crowd.
Taking on the might of the Coffs United Lions, Urunga are planning a huge family day at the Morgo Street ground with plenty of fun activities planned for the kids.
A jumping castle, free lollies and ice-cream, a kick the ball competition and free entry into a raffle for plenty of prizes means there should be a hive of activity off the field.
Most of the real action though promises to be on the field.
Urunga coach Jason Breton is ecstatic that the club's performances have created such interest this season, he's not taking his focus off the job at hand just because there's fun being had on the sidelines.
"We've got eight games to go still but this is a crucial clash," he said.
"If we win we go nine points clear of them but if we lose then we're only three points clear."
Not that Breton is allowing the grandeur of the occasion to distract his team from the job at hand.
"It's business as usual for us, we work very hard," the coach emphasisied.
"The boys train for two and a half hours, two nights a week where we work on our passing and possession so we can move the ball forward in a constructive manner keeping the ball along the ground."
Let's not beat around the bush though, Coffs United are the power club of the competition with a proud tradition of success.
Each year the Lions don't hope for success, they expect it.
Breton refuses to be intimidated by the reputation that Coffs United have in North Coast Football.
"We don't worry about the other teams, I'm just worried about our team," he added.
"Saying that, we acknowledge that the two best teams in the competition are playing this weekend.
"The Lions have got some great individuals in their team but we believe that the best team is at Morgo Street."
Urunga are hoping that their famed ground will bring them more than just the three points this weekend.
"They've got the Den but we've got the 'Cabbage Patch'."
And the Cabbage Patch is set to be rocking all day long.