Jessie Gentle shows her style during the action for North Coast Football’s 16 years girls against Mid North Coast.
Jessie Gentle shows her style during the action for North Coast Football’s 16 years girls against Mid North Coast.

Cream of junior crop takes to field

THE cream of North Coast Football’s junior crop will be in action again tomorrow when the State Youth League squads play their final pre-season matches.

Tackling the strong Football Far North Coast zone, whose area stretches from north of Yamba to the Queensland border and includes the major centres of Lismore, Ballina and Casino, seven North Coast Football teams will travel to Yamba, where they will face a serious test of their capabilities.

This weekend marks the first appearance of North Coast Football’s new 12-years girls’, 14-years girls’ and 12-years boys’ squads.

The boys are preparing for the state championships, which will be held in the June, while the girls have their own state championships, which will be held at Coffs Harbour in September.

The third girls’ team in action tomorrow is the 16 years squad, which contains North Coast’s most experienced female players.

The 16s trounced Mid North Coast 6-1 last weekend but expect a tougher contest at Yamba.

The 16s have a few injury worries, so there might not be many options on the bench.

It will be interesting to see how the newest and youngest members of the North Coast Football representative program go this weekend, after their training and build-up.



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