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Dingoes do battle on enemy soil

Orara Valley stalwart Richard Yarnton could help sew up a semi-final berth for the Dingoes tomorrow.
Orara Valley stalwart Richard Yarnton could help sew up a semi-final berth for the Dingoes tomorrow. Trevor Veale

ORARA Valley faces a true test of its finals candidacy tomorrow when it travels to Boambee for the match of the day.

Since entering the top flight competition, many have seen the Dingoes as a fiercely proud team when playing on home soil but more than a touch vulnerable when playing away.

This year that reputation has been dispensed with as Orara has collected 12 points from its five away matches this year.

Considering that tomorrow’s clash at Ayrshire Park is the Dingoes’ second away match in a daunting run of four road trips, that form away from home will be vital in the run towards the semi-finals.

Boambee will be a tough opponent to take maximum points away from though.

The Bombers have won three of their past four matches and are riding a wave of confidence.

Boambee will be battling fatigue though as it is also playing this afternoon against Westlawn in a catch-up game at Grafton.

While a win to either team in tomorrow’s important clash will virtually lock up a semi-final berth, there is plenty of action at the lower end of the table as well.

Only four points separates fifth position from last place and a couple of matches this weekend will be vital to some clubs’ hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon.

Woolgoolga’s defence conceded 10 goals to Urunga last week and will need to improve tonight at Toormina Oval against a Sawtell team that has won four of its past five matches.

The recent form of Coffs Coast Tigers hasn’t been as impressive as it has collected only one point from its past four matches.

This evening’s clash against Maclean on home soil offers a chance to return to the winners’ list.

In women’s 1st Division action both Boambee and Corindi-Red Rock face matches that will tell a lot about how deep into the finals series either team could go.

If Boambee can manage at least a draw against the heavy scoring Coffs United then it proves that it can challenge anyone at the end of the year.

The Breakers need to defeat Urunga to give their charge toward fourth spot some serious momentum.

 

MEN’S 1st DIVISION

This weekend’s matches:

Sat 3pm: Coffs Utd v Northern Storm

Sat 3pm: Westlawn v Boambee

Sat 5pm: Coffs Coast Tigers v Maclean

Sat 7pm: Sawtell v Woolgoolga

Sun 2pm: Boambee v Orara Valley

Sun 2pm: Urunga v Westlawn

 

Men’s 1st Division Table

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Coffs United Lions

11

9

1

1

42

15

28

Urunga Raiders

11

7

2

2

35

15

23

Orara Valley Dingoes

12

7

1

4

31

24

22

Boambee Bombers

11

6

2

3

28

20

20

Sawtell Scorpions

11

4

1

6

17

21

13

Northern Storm

12

4

1

7

18

26

13

Maclean Bobcats

11

3

2

6

14

23

11

Coffs Coast Tigers

10

3

1

6

14

23

10

Woolgoolga Wolves

11

3

1

7

14

35

10

Westlawn Tigers

10

3

-

7

13

24

9

 

WOMEN’S 1st DIVISION

This weekend’s matches:

Sat 3pm: Boambee v Coffs United

Sat 3pm: Corindi-Red Rock v Urunga

Sat 3pm: Sawtell v Maclean

Sat 3pm: Northern Storm v Woolgoolga

 

Women’s 1st Division Table

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Woolgoolga Wildcats

10

8

-

2

53

14

24

Coffs United Lionesses

10

6

3

1

40

13

21

Urunga Raiders

11

7

-

4

34

22

21

Boambee Eagles

11

6

2

3

43

18

20

Corindi-Red Rock

10

4

3

3

40

18

15

Sawtell Scorpions

10

2

3

5

21

26

9

Maclean Bobcats

9

2

1

6

20

32

7

Northern Storm

11

-

-

11

1

109

0

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