Finals fever for football
IN A way it was fitting that the final round of the North Coast Football season would be affected by recent rain.
The wet winter claimed another slew of matches on Sunday, but the top four teams have been decided and the combatants are now preparing for this Saturday’s finals.
On Sunday Coffs United defeated Boambee 4-2, while Northern Storm won a high-scoring affair against Coffs Coast Tigers 4-3 in the men’s 1st division action.
Three men’s matches due to be played on Sunday didn’t go ahead. All were recorded as nil-all draws as they had no bearing on the make-up of the top four.
The fact that the season can’t be put back a week due to the BCU International Stadium being booked for the grand final on September 17, also came into consideration for the decision.
After finishing on the bottom of the table, Woolgoolga may not have to contest a play-off match to avoid relegation as neither Grafton City nor Yamba has indicated that it is keen to be promoted into the top flight competition.
This weekend’s major semi-finals sees a spot in the grand final up for grabs. As the minor premier, both Coffs United (men) and Woolgoolga (women) will enjoy the home ground advantage when they take on Urunga and Boambee respectively.
The men’s minor semi-final sees Orara Valley host Boambee, while the women’s match sees last year’s grand finalists Coffs United and Urunga meet at Maclean St.
The stakes in the minor semi is extremely high as the loser is out for the year while the winner finds itself only one more victory away from a grand final berth.
All four top flight finals will be kicking off at 3pm on Saturday.
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL FINALS
Men’s 1st Division
Major semi: Coffs United v Urunga
Minor semi: Orara Valley v Boambee
Women’s 1st Division
Major semi: Woolgoolga v Boambee
Minor semi: Coffs United v Urunga
Matches 3pm Saturday