A Solo kind of feeling
LOCAL soccer clubs begin their search for lucrative prizemoney this afternoon with the opening round of the Northern NSW Solo Cup.
First round matches will be conducted in a marathon day at BCU International Stadium with the first match getting underway at 10.30am and the final match kicking off at 5.30pm.
“It’s a marvellous opportunity for lovers of the game to witness almost 20 of the best teams in this part of the state,” North Coast Football operations manager Bob Harris said yesterday.
“And even better it’s being played on a great surface right on our own doorstep.”
This is the second year of the competition and this year’s Solo Cup has attracted 56 teams from across Northern NSW who will compete for $10,000 prize money in Southern and Northern Pool matches before culminating in the Solo Cup final on August 7.
Last year three North Coast Football teams grabbed a nice share of the cash when they reached the quarter-final stage of the knockout competition.
Harris believes that this year should see North Coast Football teams advance even further into the competition and grab a larger slice of the purse on offer.
“Our teams proved themselves to be as good as any running around the Northern NSW region last year with those three teams making it to the quarter-finals,” he said.
“Certainly they will be looking at going even better this year, especially sides like Coffs United and the new look Sawtell outfit who have Leo Baumgartner as the new coach.”
Hosting nine matches on one day has Harris excited a week before the season officially kicks off.
“This is an excellent event for North Coast Football to have just before the season starts,” he said.
“It’s a unique opportunity to pit the best senior men’s teams from across the northern part of our state to compete against each other.
“There will be teams on Saturday coming from Taree right up to the border and as far away west as Armidale.”
The winners of today’s matches will progress through to the second round to be held on May 7.
SOLO CUP DRAW
All matches played today at BCU International Stadium
Maclean v Tuncurry Forster
Westlawn Tigers v Kempsey Saints
South Armidale v Macleay Valley Rangers
Byron Bay Rams v Coffs Coast Tigers
Lismore Workers v Urunga
Sawtell v Goonellabah
Old Bar Barbarians v Norths United
Coffs United v Port United
Club Taree v Northern Storm