Teams play for competition points
IT’S a feast of action at several North Coast Football grounds today as both men’s and women’s First Division teams play for competition points for the first time in 10 years.
Round five of the men’s competition coincides with round one of the women’s and at two venues, Woolgoolga and Maclean Street. The men and women are on together while at Toormina they are separated by a couple of hours.
With such a selection to choose from it will come down to personal preference as fans decide what games to attend.
Boambee Bombers have been the surprise package so far in 2010. Having Jake Stitt back in goal is undoubtedly one of the keys to their success, however, it is their goal scoring prowess which has made many sit up and take notice.
The Bombers have hit the back of the net nearly twice as often as Maclean and only conceded one more goal.
But can they keep it going all season after the disappointment of last year?
This weekend the Boambee lads have one of their toughest challenges yet as they head across town to Maclean Street to take on Coffs United.
These two clubs have an interesting rivalry, with the Lions winning both their match-ups last year after beating Boambee in the grand final in 2008. This year Coffs look to have come back to the pack a notch while Boambee has lifted a gear so this will be a fascinating tussle.
Woolgoolga must regroup to face the Coffs Coast Tigers who look to have what it takes to cause some real problems in this competition.
Whether or not the Tigers can win it only time will tell but it would be unwise to bet against them making the top four which they did last year.
The Tigers’ only loss was by one goal to the white-hot reigning premiers Maclean on the opening day.
Now that the Wolves have lost heavily to Boambee, the question is whether they can step up a gear and give the Tigers a run for their money.
Orara Valley started with an impressive win over the Lions but have faced steady opposition since then.
It must be a relief to them that there are three teams beneath them on the ladder. That should prevent any sense of panic creeping in as they face their sternest test – a match-up with Maclean.
The Bobcats are odds-on favourites to win this one, but so were the Lions in round one.
Sawtell have put in a few decent performances this year, but none are reflected on the points table. Four losses from four games represents Sawtell’s worst start to a season in living memory.
The Scorpions only lost seven all of last season. They need to control the ball and tighten up at the back as their stats this year show they have already conceded nearly half as many goals as they did in all of 2009.
None of that matters though when they cross the white line against Urunga tonight.
It is an opportunity to “click”, but that won’t be easy against the Raiders who are smarting after a two goal loss to the Bobcats.
Tomorrow, Yamba travel down to Korora to face the unpredictable Northern Storm.
The Storm started well with a draw against Urunga but since then have only grabbed a narrow win against Orara.
Yamba, sitting just behind them on the ladder, will be eyeing this match off as one where the three points are gettable.
It certainly won’t be easy but Yamba drew with Orara last week and only lost by two to Urunga the week before.
They are slowly picking up speed and the all whites will have to bring their best game tomorrow to survive this one.
The four “friendlies” that the women’s First Division have played over the last month will all be forgotten when the girls start playing for points this afternoon.
The two Coffs Harbour teams meet in a local derby at Maclean Street while Woolgoolga, who have lost some players in the off season, are playing at home against the Northern Strom Cyclones.
Last year’s grand finalists, each face tricky assignments to open their season.
Urunga are at home against Boambee while Corindi-Red Rock will be facing the always difficult task of beating Sawtell at Toormina Oval.